New late-night venue could open on Beetwell Street in Chesterfield

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A new nightspot could launch on Beetwell Street in Chesterfield.

Holmewood-based company Security and Facilities Management Services Ltd has applied for a premises licence to operate and open The Avenue in the building which used to occupy the Rileys snooker and pool club.

Documents submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council state: "This premises is to be a late-night destination venue providing a wide range of entertainment facilities for its customers.

"There will be a variety of attractions including comedy nights, dance nights and live music acts.

"The operators are responsible people with experience in the industry.

"The premises will cater for both the daytime and night-time economies, opening as a bar during the day and evening and then a late-night venue into the early hours.

"Although the application is for a 4am close on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, it is not anticipated that this will be used to its full extent every weekend.

"The operators wish to provide an alternative venue to the only other late-night venue in the town with a completely different style of operation being more entertainment focused."

Commenting on our Facebook page, Angela Collins said: “This is going to be a brilliant venue.

“I’ve seen the project develop from the start.

“This is 100 per cent the best thing to happen to Chesterfield in a long time.”

Lee Birch added: “Nothing like this has ever been around here, I promise.

“It will be THE live entertainment venue in the area.”

Christopher Holmes said: “Sounds good especially if it will have a focus on live entertainment.”

The Derbyshire Times has run a number of stories about problems on Beetwell Street and New Beetwell Street – including anti-social behaviour and even a couple engaging in a sex act in broad daylight.

On the back of those concerns, Mandy Harvey said: “It won’t be far for the drunks to crawl to the cells...”

Karen Hancock added: “There are plenty of comedy acts and dance nights at the Winding Wheel and Pomegranate.

“It never works that end of town.”

The town’s Rileys shut after the company went into administration in 2014 after more than 120 years.