Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Club overcrowding shocks MP

South Belfast MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell has expressed his “shock” about overcrowding at Rain nightclub.



The nightclub had its entertainment licence revoked last week (February 16), after the club exceeded its capacity on several occasions.

Belfast City Council’s Licensing committee took the decision after hearing from Building Control staff, who had carried out a number of inspections at the premises at Tomb Street.

Officers detected a number of breaches of the club's entertainments licence including three separate incidents of overcrowding on November 7, 2010 January 30, 2011 and February 6, 2011.

On one occasion an inspection found that the crowd exceeded the limit by more than 300, councillors heard.

Mr McDonnell said: “Building regulations are in place for a reason and all proprietors have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their customers.”

Councillor Christopher Stalford, chairman of the Licensing committee, said: “We take our responsibility as a licensing and enforcing authority very seriously, particularly as these functions are exercised to ensure public safety in places of entertainment.”

Mr McDonnell added: “Young people need to be assured that they will not be in risk when they go out with their friends, no life is worth any extra charge in any establishment.”

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