Councillor Martin Newton, of Fortis Green, pleased with closure of Club 56 in Muswell Hill

Club 56 in Muswell Hill had its licence revoked after a series of serious brawls happened there and might have to close for good

Club 56 in Muswell Hill had its licence revoked after a series of serious brawls happened there and might have to close for good

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A politician has praised the decision to revoke a nightclub’s licence after a series of mass brawls between customers.

Councillor Martin Newton, who represents Fortis Green ward on Haringey Borough Council, said people in Muswell Hill will be happy to hear about the closure of Club 56, which is also known as Eden Venue.

The club had its licence revoked at a council licensing committee meeting on Monday after Haringey police found it was associated with "serious crime or disorder".

Cllr Newton said: "I’m sure many residents will be very happy to hear that Club 56 has closed, especially those living nearby.

"The club caused a lot of noise late at night and into the early hours.

"There have been a number of fights and serious incidents at the club and I think the licensing committee took the right decision in removing the licence."

During the licensing committee meeting councillors were shown CCTV footage from December 14, 2013, of clubbers fighting and using bottles as weapons.

A similar outbreak of public disorder happened in December 2012, which resulted in the club’s licence being suspended.

The committee heard that the owners had repeatedly failed to comply with a number of previously imposed improvement measures.

Committee members then agreed that placing further conditions on the licence would be unlikely to lead to improvements and decided the licence should be revoked.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, the cabinet member for planning and enforcement, said it was unacceptable for clubs to flout licensing laws.

He said: "Here is an example of a licence holder who was given every opportunity to take steps to improve the security of his premises but failed to do so.

"Licensing standards at Club 56 repeatedly fell far short of what is expected and was spelt out clearly in the licensing agreement.

"I am pleased that the committee felt it had no choice but to revoke the current licence in the interests of safety for customers and local residents."

The licence holder has 21 days to lodge an appeal with the Magistrates’ Court against the decision by the licensing committee.

However, the premises must remain closed until the outcome of any appealed lodged.

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