HOME nightclub in LONDON has had its public entertainment licence reinstated by WESTMINSTER COUNCIL, NME.COM can reveal.
Following a mammoth six-hour meeting today (April 19), a council representative contacted NME.COM and confirmed that the Licensing Sub-Committee have agreed to give the superclub its licence back as long as they agree to “rigorous new anti-drug procedures”.
It is thought that these procedures include a more effective searches on the door, as well as increased security. In addition, the club will not be allowed to admit people after 1am.
The spokesperson said that both the Council and local police will be “keeping a very close eye (on Home) to make sure the conditions are effective”.
Speaking about the decision, Westminster Council’s Director of Planning and Transportation Carl Powell said: “Our responsibility as a council is to ensure a safe environment for the public and we originally revoked the licence in the interests of public safety.
“However, strict new operating procedures have been agreed with the club to minimise the risk of drug misuse. We are reassured by the stringent new searching procedures and much more vigilant security that home will be operating. There must be zero tolerance to drug use or supply at the premises and these conditions are aimed at deterring potential drug dealers.
“This is a clear message to the rest of the industry that neither Westminster Council nor the police will tolerate ineffective management which allows drug dealing to flourish.
“The City Council regard the licence holder as on probation and we, together with the police, will keep a close eye on the effectiveness of the new arrangements to ensure compliance with all conditions”.
Home’s licence was originally revoked last month after police claimed to have found evidence of drug dealing on the premises. At the time, the club, which has been closed since the decision, was given 21 days to appeal.
Following the closure, the company who own the Home franchise went into receivership.