NW10 Nightclub hours cut

DREAMS nightclub has lost its 24-hour licence when restrictions were placed on the venue in a review.

DREAMS nightclub has lost its 24-hour licence when restrictions were placed on the venue in a review.

Brent Council’s licensing committee received a review application from police last month, as the licence for the club, also known as Northwest 10 (NW10), High Street, Harlesden, was suspended until last Tuesday’s hearing.

The police gave evidence, while the club pointed to the good work it does in the community with the committee deciding to add a number of conditions and reduce the hours

Sergeant Adolphus, Licensing Officer, said: “Police worked with the club management to produce a list of conditions which if adhered to by the club, should put a stop to the violent incidents that have occurred.

“I would like to thank the councillors for their decision not to close this club as it caters for the youth in Brent and holds the type of events that are needed in such a diverse community, but at the same time addressed the need to change the current regime and improve.”

The new conditions include:

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•Hours reduced to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 2am on Friday and Saturday with an additional 30 minutes ‘drinking up time.’

•Under 18 dances to be strictly over 15 and to take place between 6pm till midnight with no alcohol consumption.

•To install an electronic scanning system (ID Scan or similar) approved by the police and the council to be used on events, to be implemented within six months to the satisfaction of the police and the council.

Kola Williams, club owner, said: “At least they have recognised we have done stuff in the community, we have lots of people who come down here.

“We do classes and raves for the kids. We tell kids how to organise events.

“Most of the things for kids are run by them for them. You have graphic designer for flyers and stuff, we have got a music studio, we have got kids in here that will make music and they are able to showcase their talent to their piers.

“Upstairs we have a green screen for videos and we have people who come in and it’s free.

“It’s a pity we get no support apart from our patrons who come into the club.

“It just shows when you are trying to do good in your community it doesn’t always show. The people that should know don’t always see it.”