PSNI “no objection” to late licence after meeting

Envy nightclub on the Strand Road.
Envy nightclub on the Strand Road.

The PSNI in Derry said they have “no objections” to a special 3am entertainment licence being renewed for gay-friendly Derry nightclub Envy.

Police representatives met with the licensee of the Strand Road premises on Friday, a day after it emerged a deferral had been requested by a PSNI licensing officer.

At a meeting of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee on Thursday, council licensing officer Sean Austin said that the PSNI had deemed the extension no longer necessary.

The special 3am licence for the premises was granted back in 2004 in a bid to lessen the chances of its customers being subjected to homophobic attacks as people emerged from other pubs and clubs in the town with licenses up to 2am.

Derry City Councillors decided at the meeting on Thursday to write to police asking for an explanation as to why the extension was deemed no longer necessary.

However in a statement to the Journal on Friday, a PSNI spokesman said:

“Police listen to all parties involved in licensing issues and work in partnership with relevant stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for all involved.

“Officers have met with the licensee in this instance and have taken on board their concerns and their rationale behind the application. Police have provided no objections to the application.”

Envy was one of several venues whose entertainment licences were up for renewal at the council meeting on Thursday.

The Envy licence application, to operate until 2am Monday to Thursday, 3am Friday to Saturday and 1am on Sundays, is now expected to be renewed for the coming year.