TJ Hughes NOT set for nightclub revamp as authorities issue warning

PUBLISHED: 14:05 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 03 September 2018

The vacant TJ Hughes building.

The vacant TJ Hughes building.

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Claims Weston-super-Mare’s vacant TJ Hughes building could become a nightclub have been quashed by authorities, who have issued a public warning and informed police.

Rumours emanated on social media in the past week indicating the High Street building could become Club Infinity, a ‘superclub’ with an opening event advertised for November 5 and tickets priced £25-75.

A promotional video was released on Friday, vowing the venue would put the town ‘back on the map’.

Hundreds of tickets were said to have been sold, and it was claimed ‘some of the biggest names’ had been secured for the opening night, but North Somerset Council’s officers warned people not to buy tickets.

A spokesman said: “We have not received any planning enquiries regarding the change of use permission that would be required if the building were to be used as a nightclub or any licensing applications for the site.

“We also understand that the owner of the building has not spoken to anyone about allowing such a use in the building.

“We strongly suggest that members of the public do not purchase tickets for an unconfirmed event and we have reported the matter to the police.”

Tim Warrell, of Dove Properties which owns the building, today (Monday) told the Mercury he had ‘absolutely no knowledge’ of the rumours, and intends to carry out the planned renovation of the site, which was given the green light by the council in July and will see shops and flats created.

He said: “There are no plans for the building to be used as a nightclub, and we’ve had no discussions.”

The council spokesman added: “If anyone is worried after purchasing tickets, they can report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 101.”

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