AN ARBROATH nightclub which has been sitting empty has been refused extended licensing hours.
The Waterfront nightclub at the West Links, which has stood unoccupied for the last 18 months, was refused an application to extend licensing hours by Angus Council’s civic licensing board.
The Chalmers’ chain already owns two nightclubs in the Alloa and Bathgate areas and was looking to extend the Waterfront’s opening hours to 3 a.m., in line with their other clubs.
Independent Arbroath councillor David Fairweather is a former pub landlord and previously ran the Imperial Hotel in the town.
Although he understands the reasons behind the request for longer opening hours he believes it was the right decision for Angus Council to stick to its guns.
He said: “At the end of the day Angus Council have a policy on licensing and that policy is that nightclubs are allowed to be open no longer than 2 a.m..
“Chalmers’ agent had asked for an extra hour but that would end up setting a precedent for other establishments in the town.
“It is 2 a.m. in all the other nightclubs in Angus and the agent seemed happy with that.”
He added: “I’m absolutely delighted, the building was getting into disrepair and the gentleman has said he would be spending a lot of money bringing it up to its former glory.
“I’m looking forward to it and I understand that he has big plans for it and this is something that the people of Arbroath can look forward to.”