Residents oppose nightclub bid at former site of G-Spot sex club in Leicester
Dozens of residents have opposed plans for a new nightclub in Leicester city centre, saying it would increase late-night noise and disorder.
Promoter Tim Sturgess wants to open Dielectric in the basement of a Victorian building opposite Curve theatre, turning the former G-Spot sex club into a venue for live bands and club nights.
But 50 people living near to the Rutland Street venue have sent identical letters of objection to the city council's licensing department, asking it not to grant approval for the venue.
In the letter, residents said they believed the club would "increase crime and disorder".
Dielectric was popular on the rave scene until it was shut about 15 years ago. G-Spot closed last year and the premises have stood empty.
Mr Sturgess has already held a number of club nights at Dielectric, having been granted temporary licences, but he has now asked for permanent permission to open.
Police have also expressed concerns about the venue.
In a letter to the council, Pc Tejas Mavani, of the police licensing team, said: "The effect of having large numbers of people within the area and within the premises increases the chances of crime and disorder.
"The applicant has been a designated premises supervisor at several premises within the city area of the last few years.
"Although the applicant has shown willing to work with the police and take guidance, the type of crowds that the events that are held attract caused some concern in the past and have had outbursts of crime and disorder."
Pc Mavani has asked that, if a permanent licence is granted, it should to include conditions such as the use of sufficient and qualified door staff, a maximum capacity of 180 people and a 1.30am closing time on Sundays – requirements Mr Sturgess has already agreed to.
Mr Sturgess said he worked with the council's noise team before the application was submitted, and has not received any complaints while operating on temporary licences.
"I think sometimes when people put late licences in there's some misconception about what will be happening there," he said.
"We have agreed things with the noise team like not playing amplified music outdoors, not opening windows and doors, which seems to be working."
The license will be granted or refused at a hearing at the Town Hall on Thursday.