Nightclub forced out’

I THINK it is a real shame that the council has forced the closure of Oliver s. Huntingdon is a growing town with a lot of young adults who, until the opening of Oliver s, would always travel outside Huntingdon to have a night out. Not only did Oliver s o

I THINK it is a real shame that the council has forced the closure of Oliver's. Huntingdon is a growing town with a lot of young adults who, until the opening of Oliver's, would always travel outside Huntingdon to have a night out.

Not only did Oliver's offer a good night out to adults, it also offered regular nights for teenagers - the only type of entertainment around for kids.

The presence of Oliver's increased business for all the local pubs around and all the fast food places in town. The staff, including management, were friendly and welcoming. The whole place was run professionally and carefully, including the door staff.

Why did the council ever grant permission for a night club in the first place if it had issues with noise? Show me a nightclub that does not generate noise.

If Huntingdon is ever to be a desirable place, it has to offer an all-round package, and for many people that includes somewhere local to have a night out.

It is a huge mistake to close Oliver's and I for one will not be spending nights out in Huntingdon while there is no nightclub.

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NATALIE WALSH, Milton Close, Huntingdon

* IT beggars belief that this Conservative-run council in Huntingdonshire could once again act against the best interests of local businesses.

Many will recall the attempt to require local restaurants to provide liquor licences and training for part-time staff. Several restaurants and pubs have benefited from the business generated by Mr O'Brian's nightclub and, now that he has been forced to close, are suffering significant downturn in business.

No doubt local business rates will also suffer as other commercial enterprises have to close down through the knock-on effect of disappearing public support.

Presumably HDC issued the licence for a nightclub because it was satisfied that there would be no public nuisance, since the nearest residence was 250 metres away. Surely the role of the HDC in this case makes it a party to the nuisance and therefore stopped from hindering the operation of the nightclub.

Did Dr Sue Lammin, head of environmental and community health services, consult her colleagues before imposing unfair additional financial burdens on Mr O'Brian and businesses in the town? Far from acting reasonably, she and the council generally have yet again acted oppressively.

FAY BOSSOM, Lingmoor, Huntingdon

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