10:15AM, Friday 01 August 2014
Worried neighbours fear that plans to stage professional boxing and wrestling matches at a popular nightclub could be 'just an excuse to have later drinking times' leading to early morning noise and fighting.
Windsor's Liquid Nightclub in William Street - which already has a seven-day-a-week 4am licence - has applied to vary the conditions to allow professional boxing and wrestling matches as well as other sporting events.
But Debbie Evans, chairman of Ward Royal Residents Association (WaRRA) said: "The general feeling is that this is just an excuse to have later drinking times as who would want to watch or be boxing or wrestling at 2 am or 3am during the week.
"There is also the issue of crowd control and the police needed to monitor noise, drunks and fighting at closing time."
The issue was discussed yesterday by WaRRA committee members. A number of nearby residents had already objected to the club's plan and a meeting of the Royal Borough's licensing panel sub-committee will be held on Monday, August 11 at 10.30am in the Guildhall, Windsor to decide whether to give the go-ahead.
But a spokesman for Luminar Leisure, which owns the club, said that most sporting events were over by midnight and that there were no plans to run on afterwards despite the 4am licence.
The club currently only opens Thursday to Sunday and closes at 3am - an hour before its licence allows.
The spokesman said: "We are not seeking to extend our opening hours but broaden our entertainment offer to include hosting adhoc indoor sporting activities, such as professionally organised boxing and wrestling events.
"We already host such events in many of our other nightclubs."
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