A POPULAR bar and nightclub will close after calls from an MP and council leader to revoke its licence.
CuBar in Preston Street, Brighton, will shut after complaints about late-night noise and antisocial behaviour.
MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas and Brighton and Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat were the latest people to write to licensing chiefs in a bid to have the venue’s licence revoked.
The Green Party politicians’ letters highlighted complaints about noise nuisance, fights and “other undesirable behaviour”, which “harms residents’ quality of life”.
Shared licence Sophia Papanicolaou, tenant and manager at CuBar, said the venue did not have its own licence but instead shared a licence belonging to West Beach Hotel.
She attended a licence review hearing at Hove Town Hall yesterday to see how licensing bosses would deal with the complaints, bearing in mind the “complicated nature of the shared licence with the hotel”.
But during the hearing a West Beach Hotel manager told Ms Papanicolaou she was being “kicked out” of the CuBar building regardless of the hearing’s outcome as it was being converted back to a private hotel bar.
Ms Papanicolaou, who only took over the venue last year, said complaints had been made “for years” to Genial Associates – the owners of West Beach Hotel.
She said: “We’re really disappointed because we’ve built the business up ourselves since taking over last year and discovered all these complaints that had been building up for years.”
Genial Associates declined to comment on the matter yesterday. A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “The panel has adjourned and will make a decision in the next five days.”