There are suspicions someone in the town hall may have been pocketing fees or receiving a back-hander from a popular disco-bar.
Ice Bar, Kaleido,
The indoor disco could remain open until 6am, provided the doors were closed at all times.
After a meeting that lasted more than two hours, no agreement could be reached between La Ola, Maracas and the Town Hall.
They were told they could only have either a café or a disco licence due to the size of their premises. “We were told that if we were given both licences that residents would complain,” said the owner of Maracas. A café is allowed to stay open until 2am, but cannot play any music.
“I cannot justify operating the premises as a café, as I would not be able to pay all my staff’s social security. For now I will just open as a disco.” However, he does not plan to take this lying down.
“I am preparing technical reports that will prove that it is viable to operate under the two separate licences,” he said.
La Ola could not be reached for comment. The Town Hall declined to comment other than offering a press release, which at the time of going to print had not been released.
EWN EXCLUSIVE By Nicole Hallett