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Decision on future of Falmouth's former Shades nightclub - today
7:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A decision on the future of the former Shades nightclub building in Falmouth is likely to be made today, Wednesday, as councillors debate plans to turn it into a venue for gamers.
Richard Stamp has applied for a premises licence for the proposed 8-BIT Gaming Bar in Quay Street and has stressed he has “no interest” in offering nightclub-style opening hours or music levels, but local residents are still opposing his plans.
The alcohol licence being applied for would run from noon until 11.30pm daily with the bar being open between 10am and midnight. In a letter to councillors and residents, Mr Stamp, said: “The premises will offer no bar service whatsoever. All drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, will be served through waiter/waitress table service.
“There will be a number of TVs connected to modern consoles for gaming in a relaxed environment. There will also be a number of classic arcade machines.
“Although the premises are intended to sell alcoholic drinks, thus the licence application, the setting is intended to be much more in the vein of a cafe than a bar with the emphasis on social groups over the consumption of alcohol.
“The primary market is ‘alternative’ students – members of the Table Top Gaming and Video Gaming societies who do not have somewhere that they feel comfortable drinking.
The target audience of the business, gaming enthusiasts of all types, is a traditionally reserved and quiet group more prone to discussion than argument and the environment I am intending to provide encourages this rather than the drink and shout mentality of so many other large functions.”
Some residents of Quay Street, however, are sceptical of Mr Stamp’s representations and are urging councillors to refuse the application.
Mrs D Hirst said: “The application for computer and video games will draw very young people who will become intoxicated while visiting the premises. There will be loud music as is always associated with these types of use.”
Darrell Needham has also written: “I have lived here for 40 years and I think that is long enough to make an honest judgement – I will and I say no to any late night establishment especially when they wish to sell alcohol.” Two letters of support have been received by Cornwall Council. It’s licensing sub-committee is due to meet at 10am this morning, Wednesday, to determine the application.
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