It was a fantastic victory yesterday for long suffering residents of Westbourne Park Road, Porchester Road and Celbridge Mews when Ma Dame nightclub lost its licence in a tense hearing at a special Licensing Committee Review at City Hall. For years residents were plagued by noisy revellers leaving the club in the early hours of the morning, shouting, slamming car doors and carrying on partying. Long time resident, Charlie Avis, recounted how he had been assaulted while trying to film evidence. The panel also heard how residents, Erika Pilkington and Juliette Wright, whose homes shared a party wall with Ma Dame, were reduced to leaving their homes at the weekend to escape the incessant noise. The panel were shown some shocking images of defecation, urination and vomit in the Mews along with videos of rowdy behaviour and drug use.
Councillor Maggie Carman worked closely over the years with local residents to call for the licence review. Residents were sick to death of their complaints being ignored and were at a loss to understand how the club’s owner, given the deeply concerning issues raised at the hearing, was allowed to continue running the club for so long.
Councillor Maggie Carman said, “It was due to the dogged persistence of local residents in the face of Tory Council indifference that we got this fantastic result.”
Charlie Avis said to Maggie, “Amazing result! It’s been a long journey and you’ve been with us all the way.”