Troubled Essence nightclub 'up for sale' owner Franco Lumba says

Troubled Essence nightclub 'up for sale' owner Franco Lumba says

Troubled Essence nightclub 'up for sale' owner Franco Lumba says

Essence's licence was temporarily suspended after a 30 man brawl outside the club

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The owner of Essence nightclub will try to persuade Kingston Council not to revoke its licence - by promising to sell it.

Lawyers representing owner Franco Lumba submitted suggestions to the council ahead of a licence review this morning.

The bar was temporarily closed after a 30-man brawl involving scaffolding used as weapons outside the venue before Christmas.

Mr Lumba's lawyers proposed selling on the club to Chessington businessman Richard Hunt, who they said would institute a full staff and management change.

The sale depends on councillors deciding not to revoke the licence, the letter from Lana Tricker of LT Law said.

The letter also proposes new licence conditions including stricter ID scanning, extra security along the river, and letting police veto any outside promotions.

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2:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

DB says...

This is good news I guess as it should at least be a bit better run.

The problem that all of these clubs face is that there is a significant minority of customers who go along purely to cause trouble and another group who have a high propensity to get involved even if that wasn't their original intention.

Putting in extra security measures makes for a less pleasant night out for the law-abiding majority, but is it really catching the offenders, especially if it is not being enforced properly as we have seen recently at Oceana and Barcadia.
This is good news I guess as it should at least be a bit better run. The problem that all of these clubs face is that there is a significant minority of customers who go along purely to cause trouble and another group who have a high propensity to get involved even if that wasn't their original intention. Putting in extra security measures makes for a less pleasant night out for the law-abiding majority, but is it really catching the offenders, especially if it is not being enforced properly as we have seen recently at Oceana and Barcadia. DB
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9:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

So the man who has stuck two fingers up to the police, the council & the customers of his various clubs for years, suddenly wants their help. I don't think so. This person has spent more time in various courts across London than the judges & magistrates. He should be banned from any licenced premises permanently. Those who do not know him, just search his name at the top of this page, & you will see what he really is.
So the man who has stuck two fingers up to the police, the council & the customers of his various clubs for years, suddenly wants their help. I don't think so. This person has spent more time in various courts across London than the judges & magistrates. He should be banned from any licenced premises permanently. Those who do not know him, just search his name at the top of this page, & you will see what he really is. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 3

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