G’s nightclub in Bicester will keep licence

G's Bar in Bicester.
G's Bar in Bicester.

A Bicester nightclub is to keep its licence after a successful appeal by the owner.

G’s Bar and Nightclub in Market Square faced closure after its premises licence was revoked by Cherwell District Council (CDC) in September.

Police had made repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour stemming from the nightclub.

But following an appeal by owner George Smith, the club can stay open with an extra 20 conditions imposed by the council.

Councillor Tony Ilott, CDC’s lead member for public protection, said: “Based on the evidence presented to us by Thames Valley Police at the time of the committee hearing, we have no regrets about our initial decision to revoke G’s licence and we stand by that.

“These are not decisions we enjoy making or take lightly, but in situations where there are ongoing instances of antisocial behaviour, unfortunately they are sometimes necessary, as was the case here.

“However, the council continued to review its decision and all evidence surrounding the case, including alternative solutions to addressing the problems.

“Following last year’s committee hearing, the police provided further evidence that we have examined in detail and as a result, were able to identify areas where conditions may address problems at the premises.

“We also acknowledge there has been a reduction in the number of antisocial incidents taking place at the club.

“Therefore, having taken all of the relevant factors into account, we feel it is acceptable for G’s to have its licence returned, subject to certain conditions which we feel meet the needs of everybody involved.”

The nightspot was able to stay open ahead of its appeal hearing at Bicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

New licence conditions include changes to the opening times, which will see the club close at 3.15am instead of 4am.

Customers will also be banned from entering G’s after 2.15am.

The club must also have a set number of door staff present at all times, drinking will be banned outside the premises.

The council and Thames Valley Police said they will continue to monitor the club.

In November, Mr Smith sent a letter to the chief constable of Thames Valley Police, Sara Thornton, saying he felt he was being bullied by police.

Officers had previously asked for G’s to close at 1am, but Mr Smith argued it was the whole basis of his business to stay open into the early hours.