Residents call for closure of Villa Country club in Harlesden
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 January 2017
Residents in Harlesden are calling for the council to close a nightclub amid claims that rowdy revellers are making their lives a misery.
Farid Boutiche is urging Brent Council’s licensing teams to shut Villa Country in Park Parade, saying shouting, fighting and urinating regularly takes place outside its premises.
The club, run by Fork and Fingers (Italian) LTD, is currently licensed for late night refreshment and to remain open from 10am to 12:30am Monday to Thursday, 10am to 3:30am Friday & Saturday and from 10am to 2:30am on Sunday.
Mr Boutiche, who says he is acting on behalf of everyone in his block of flats, said that antisocial behaviour from the club starts around 3am in the morning stretching on until 4.30am, particularly at weekends.
He added the noise wakes his children and he is forced to sleep in the corridor: “We want the place closed down. It is intolerable that we have to put with shouting, fighting, urinating in the street, breaking bottles, car horns and motorbike engines revving for two or three hours in the early morning every Friday, Saturday and some Sunday night.
“Every such business operates under a licence and the terms of any licence make it clear that there must be no disturbance of local residents. This place is in gross breach of that licence.”
Mr Boutiche says he wrote to the council in July and September but he was ignored.
Residents were told by Brent noise teams, who were called repeatedly, that the incidents were outside their working hours, according to the application report.
Police officers reported two assault crimes in the venue which were later dropped when they were unable to contact the manager and CCTV footage was not available.
The police are concerned that revellers take too long to leave the club after it has closed and it would like managers to adopt a new ‘dispersal policy’ by staggering leaving times.
Ade Aruna, director of Fork and Fingers, said he has never received complaints before from the many residents living around the club. He said: “I am fully aware of the complaints, I have seen the application. This complaint is coming from one block, which has only been open since July.
“I’ve spoken to people from there who have never been woken up. There are 18 residential flats directly opposite and another nearby, almost 40 houses nearby, none of the residents have complained in the years they have lived there. I have made my representation to the council and the police. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
The alcohol and entertainment licensing sub-committee will meet on January 10.