May 9, 2001 9:00
PACHA FIGHTS ON FOR LONDON LICENCE
The organisers reckon it's only a matter of time before they have a London base...
Talking to Muzik Weekly, Pacha's Musical Director Danny Whittle commented: "As you may well know, we were refused a licence for the old Raw venue (in Bloomsbury) at Magistrate level. We are now proceeding to appeal to the Crown Court. We at Pacha feel that there is definitely a place for Pacha in London, and is only a matter of time before we get there."
Summing up at Highbury Magistrates Court last week, Judge Eastman said: "I'm satisfied that no matter how well run, no matter how good a brand, a club for 500 people in this location will affect the residents in this area. I decline the application."
The Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, Frank Dobson, told the website BurnItBlue that: "I'm delighted that the Magistrate has stood by the council's decision to oppose the application.'
"People living in the Soho and West End part of my constituency are getting more and more sick of what's going on. There's been a massive increase in loutish behaviour," he added.
The judgement follows the recent decision by Westminster council to revoke the license of Home in Leicester Square. While that license was subsequently reinstated, the club remains closed after its parent company Big Beat went into receivership.