Spalding nightclub looks for rethink over champagne gig

Matt Clark, managing director of ActivGroup which runs Loaded Nightclub in Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Matt Clark, managing director of ActivGroup which runs Loaded Nightclub in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Uncertainty hangs over the staging of a ‘champagne party’ at a Spalding nightclub after licensing authorities declined to give it the go-ahead.

The event, featuring former BBC Radio 1 presenter and dance music DJ Dave Pearce, is due to go ahead at Loaded nightclub in Westlode Street, Spalding, on Saturday, January 30.

But South Holland Licensing Authority refused to grant a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) allowing the event to go ahead after police and environmental health officers raised concerns over plans to use champagne glasses and bottles at the nightclub.

At a hearing on Friday, Sgt Kimble Enderby of Lincolnshire Police’s licensing department, said: “Our concern is that the sole purpose of this TEN appears to be to circumvent (find a way around) the conditions in the case of glassware.

“We have concerns that this is just a cynical attempt by the premises to operate outside their conditions and I can see no reason how that can be justified.”

Current licensing rules for the nightclub only allow it to use plastic ‘vessels’ when selling beer, lager and cider, as well as soft drinks, spirits and cocktails.

However, Loaded’s VIP lounge, ground floor lounge bar and garden, VIP booths and tables, as well as private parties, are exempt from the condition under strict guidelines set out within the premises licence.

Matt Clark, managing director of Activ Group which runs the nightclub, said: “The event planned at Loaded, headlined by BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce, will still go ahead despite a setback at the licensing hearing.

“We were very reassured that the licensing panel was happy to listen to both sides of the matter, giving fair and equal opportunity to put our points across, as well as raising pertinent points for us all to answer.

“Both the police and environmental health officer confirmed during the meeting that they want to work with the venue to attempt to find a solution and that it is a safe venue.

“As this is the case, we are in the process of making a further application with a thorough risk assessment attached.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity of having this taken into consideration by the licensing committee.”


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