08:08AM, Friday 27 November 2015
A new waitress and private booth service at one of Windsor’s clubbing hot-spots has led to a ‘challenging’ few weeks for Thames Valley Police.
Atik, formerly known as Liquid nightclub, opened last month following a £650,000 refurbishment.
As part of its re-branding, the club now offers VIP booths where its customers can enjoy ‘exclusive table service’ in a private area of the venue.
But Windsor and Maidenhead’s top cop, Local Policing Area (LPA) commander Bhupinder Rai, said the introduction of booths had fuelled drunkenness and generated more anti-social behaviour in Windsor’s night-time economy.
Superintendent Rai told the borough’s crime and disorder overview and scrutiny panel on Tuesday: “The last three weeks have been challenging for police due to the changes at Liquid.
“A lot of people sit in the booths and they have a waitress service and they sit and they drink and they order more drinks and only get up for a bathroom break.
“They don’t quite realise the effect the alcohol is having on them.”
She added that Atik’s owners had not realised the impact that introducing the booths could have on customers and were ‘disappointed’ by the level of anti-social behaviour generated on the club’s launch night.
“I’m not sure they thought through what having a booth actually meant,” Supt Rai said.
“It’s a better service for the customers but what does that result in?”
But a spokesman from the nightclub told the Express: “Atik is a well-run professional venue and the safety and enjoyment of our customers is our main priority. We are committed to responsible retailing and do not condone or encourage excessive alcohol consumption.
“We work closely with the police and local authorities to ensure that we deliver the highest standards possible and since our launch we have seen a marked improvement in customer behaviour.
The spokesman added: “We have invested £650,000 in Atik, creating 25 new jobs and are really proud of the major contribution we play to create a healthy and sustainable late night economy, which is at the heart of every successful town and city.”
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