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Future of late club openings in Windsor questioned following murder

Future of late club openings in Windsor questioned following murder

Francis Batt

Future of late club openings in Windsor questioned following murder

The fatal stabbing of Seán Noctor in Windsor has led the former mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead to call for a complete rethink over the town’s night-time economy.

Floral tributes were paid to Seán at his funeral

Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) will use Tuesday’s council meeting to question whether the authority should continue to grant licenses to clubs and bars that serve alcohol after 2pm.

Cllr Colin Rayner
Cllr Rayner explained his decision to raise the issue at a full council meeting, saying: "I cannot as a politician allow another death on my watch without saying we need to look again at this night culture.

"There have to be some boundaries. We have to debate this matter."

In the past the authority has faced frustration when it tries to restrict club opening hours because of the confused state of current licensing law.

But Cllr Rayner feels Seán’s death at 3am on Sunday, July 28, has given a new urgency to the issue.

Seán Noctor
But Marcia Malia, chairman of the Ward Royal Residents' Association, whose members live opposite Goswell Hill where many of the clubs are situated, has described the stabbing as 'an incident waiting to happen'.

"We see and hear fights all the time outside," she said.

"People argue with taxis taking them home to Hounslow or Bagshot, Reading or West London."

Gill Naden, is manager of Bar Yello in Goswell Hill and chairman of the town's Pubwatch.

She said this week she had already arranged to meet Cllr Rayner to discuss the issues involved.

Four people are awaiting trail in connection with Seán’s murder.

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