THE owners of a Leeds city centre nightclub at the centre of a teen violence and underage drinking controversy have promised the venue won’t re-open until “suitable” new management is found.
Bosses at Urban Edge, which owns the La Boheme building in Cross York Street, have taken back the operating licence, closed the club and made the formal undertaking with Leeds council licensing bosses after a dossier of recent troubles was presented by police.
At a meeting yesterday, a licensing subcommittee agreed to adjourn a review of the operating licence, after a legal team for Urban Edge made representations.
The YEP reported earlier this week that West Yorkshire Police had asked for a review after months of problems and dozens of callouts by officers. Alleged problems had included mass brawls involving scores of teenagers, open drug taking and no working CCTV or drug safe. Police said they had “no faith in the management’s ability” and risky events were being held to maximise profits regardless of any negative impact.
Paddy Whur, lawyer for Urban Edge, confirmed that just 24 hours earlier, the landlord had taken the operating licence back. The firm has also started legal proceedings against the current management to re-possess the building and take back the keys. A possession hearing is scheduled for April.
The company applied for an adjournment of the review hearing on the basis that the club was no longer operating, and after lengthy deliberations, the panel agreed, despite an objection from police.
Mr Whur told the YEP: “The current operator will not be coming back and there is a legal process for the forfeiture of the lease they have got.”
He said the licence will now be offered on the open market to potential new operators.