A UCLan student and Preston Councillor says the closure of MACs is ‘unfair’.
Daniel Dewhurst, who is also chair of Preston Conservatives, says the decision is ‘unfair’ and ‘unjust’.
The nightclub was ordered to shut down for three months after an anti-social behaviour incident that happened outside of the club.
The court told owner Andy Mac that members of the public would be put at risk if it was to stay open, as the club had not done enough to control the drunken behaviour of their customers.
Daniel Dewhurst argued: “Practically and legally, this cannot be managed by doormen whose powers are limited to ensuring a safe environment inside the venue. Only the police have the powers to effectively prevent anti-social behaviour on our streets and that is how it must remain. Once we attempt to define it as anything more, the complexity and the responsibility of the issues become too difficult to manage.” He said.
A petition to reopen MACs Bar currently has over 1,500 signatures. Preston City Council’s licensing panel are due to review the license of the premises.