AN ABERDEEN nightclub has pledged to re-apply for a licence to run until 4am despite its application being refused.
The Priory nightclub on Belmont Street, which is run by the Epic Group, applied to Aberdeen Licensing Board in a bid to open until 4am on a Friday and Saturday.
If it had been approved, the club would have been the first in the city allowed to open until that time on a permanent basis.
But it was turned down after five members voted against the application and four voted in favour of the plans.
Police Scotland had raised concerns over the application, estimating that on a busy night more than 900 revellers could leave the premises when it shut.
In an online poll by the Evening Express 68% of the 1,217 people who participated supported the idea of clubs opening in the city until 4am.
Epic Group managing director Mike Wilson said: “The board recognised the merit in the application and maybe it’s time to review a few things.
“We are delighted the board listened to what we had to say and we will be re-applying in the future.”
Supporting the 4am application, Aberdeen licence board member Alan Donnelly said: “If we don’t go down this way, clubs will only have one and a half hours of trading on a Friday and Saturday night.
“It’s not financially sustainable and we could have more closing down.”
Meanwhile an application from B&M Stores at Kittybrewster Retail Park to sell alcohol was approved despite concerns from NHS Grampian.