Hackney club loses re-opening appeal

PIER One Nightspot lost a bid to re-open at a court hearing earlier this week.

Thames Magistrates Court dismissed on 1 July an appeal by the Kingsland High Street-based club, which was shut down last November.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Pier One’s licence was revoked because of serious crime and disorder associated with the premises.

"Since the closure, police have recorded a significant drop in anti-social behaviour in the area.

“The Council and police would much prefer that licensees work with us to create a safe and enjoyable environment for their patrons, without causing any disturbance to local residents.”

Pier One Nightspot had held a premises licence permitting sale of alcohol and music and dancing up to 5.00am at weekends and up to 3.00am on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Council’s Noise Pollution team sought a review of the licence on the grounds of noise and anti-social behaviour of patrons, which was supported by police and local residents.

Hackney Council’s Licensing Sub-committee heard in November last year evidence from police of serious incidents associated with the premises and revoked the licence.

A review hearing in January upheld the revocation of Pier One’s licence, and a subsequent appeal by the licensee was dismissed at Thames Magistrates Court on 1 July.

A local resident said: “The closure of Pier One means an incredible relief to us all - now we can sleep in peace and not worry about the safety of our children and ourselves. The quality of our lives has increased tremendously.”