A local councillor is backing calls by police to clamp down on an indoor golf centre, Green Tees in Billericay which doubles up as a late-night bar that has had a number of incidents since it's opening in 2009.
Phil Turner wants to see Green Tees have its licence restricted following a string of complaints about punch-ups and antisocial behaviour at the site. It comes as police chiefs also called for a review of the venue’s licence, after it was revealed they were called to 15 incidents at the nightspot in the space of just 12 months.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Phil Turner in the Echo"]I believe we have a fairly good mix of daytime and night-time trade, which has helped Billericay weather the worst of the effects of the recession. But I have been concerned for some time at the increasing erosion of retail and commercial properties in favour of theme pubs and restaurants. Over its short life, allegations surrounding Green Tees have concerned street brawls, noise pollution, antisocial behaviour, planning violations and general intimidation by its customers – to such an extent some residents will not now even walk past the club. I will be supporting calls to reduce the operating licence and in addition asking for stricter conditions such as increasing the door supervision.[/quote]
As well as a bar, Green Tees has three indoor golf simulator bays, a dance floor and a licensed sports bar which stays open until 2am on Friday and Saturdays, serving alcohol until 1am.
Mr Turner is calling for people with concerns about the venue to lodge complaints with the council in writing by May 17.