Parties at club face clampdown after complaints

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Complaints of partygoers urinating in doorways, racist abuse and girls undressing outside a club will be discussed by county councillors today (Thursday).

Local residents have applied for a review of Fishguard Railwaymen’s Club’s premises licence, following an 18th birthday party in November.

According to a report before members, during the evening two local residents had their garden walls pushed over, residents were verbally abused, cars and doorways were urinated on and vehicles were vandalised.

Neighbours complained of shouting, screaming and loud music until the early hours of the morning, and underage teenagers appearing to be intoxicated.

The interior of the club, which is situated in a residential area, had also sustained considerable damage to tables and the toilet area, it is said. Previous complaints received from residents also related to an 18th party, this time in May.

They included young girls undressing in the street, loud drunken behaviour until the early hours and bottles and cans littering the pavement.

The north division of the council’s licensing compliance team concluded that behaviour during both the parties failed to promote all four of the council’s licensing objectives.

The team recommended that the club’s current licence conditions be moderated so that it cannot hold 18th and 21st birthday parties, something which the club has already voluntarily agreed to.

The team also recommends that the club installs a policeapproved CCTV system as a condition of its licence.

Dyfed-Powys Police has also advised that the club should only be allowed to open until 11pm and that the provision of regulated entertainment be removed from the licence.

The matter is due to be discussed by the county licensing sub-committee.

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