10:42AM, Thursday 25 April 2013
Nightclub bosses in Windsor have been given the go ahead to open later at weekends by borough councillors who went against council officers recommendation.
Closing hours at Mantra in Goswell Hill will now be 2am on Friday and Saturday nights rather than 1am and on a Sunday 1am instead of 11pm.
The nightspot will continue to open Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 11pm and will now be able to close at 1am on a Thursday night.
Members of the Royal Borough's Windsor urban development control panel voted narrowly in favour with four in support and three against at the Castle Hotel last night.
Michael Garner, speaking on behalf of the applicant Runcan Ltd, said extending the hours was essential for the 'survival of the business'.
He added the increased times will allow the club to disperse revellers 'naturally' and to better reduce any noise and disturbance taking place.
Mantra was given permission in December by council licensing chiefs to open until 2am at the weekends.
But planning officers advised councillors to stick to the 1am restriction on the grounds of noise and disturbance to nearby residents.
Speaking in support of the application, councillors said the club had run a taxi marshalling initiative to reduce noise by clubbers leaving and had engaged in other community safety schemes.
Cllr Jess Grey (Con, Datchet) said the new management had turned things around after mismanagement by previous owners.
He said: "They have run a tight and well manned operation.
"It is important we get some parity to get licensing and planning together."
Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East) supported some increased hours, but called for closing hours on Sunday and Thursday nights to be restricted to 11pm.
She put forward a second motion to restrict some opening hours, but it never came to vote as councillors agreed on the first motion to approve the entire application.
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