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Jun 27, 2017

Area resident Valerie Woods says don’t stop the party, just be responsible

Valerie Woods

According to Valerie Woods, a resident in the immediate vicinity of the Pickwick Club, while the problems they have been facing are indeed bothersome, it wasn’t expected that the mayor would have resorted to strict measures in such haste.  In respect of the Pickwick Club which was granted a nightclub license, the open-air establishment ought not to have been given the permit since it does not fit the requirement of a nightclub.


Valerie Woods, Resident, Newtown Barracks

“My concern is that we have already, for these last several years, been dealing with not being able to get into your yards or being able to come out.  You have to plan that very carefully, and this isn’t one off, this is literally Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, every week.  Urinating on the fences, broken bottles and bottles being thrown in the yard because where else will they be thrown at two, three, four in the morning and things of that nature.  Now having put up with all of that, okay, but the straw that broke the camel’s back, is the knowledge that a license was given for a nightclub right across, directly across from where I live, namely the Pickwick, and it’s an open-air establishment.  And by the mayor’s own admission, open-air, you have to soundproof if you’re a nightclub, yet it’s the very council that granted the license. So, you know, the owner was there at the consultation and kudos to him because he was quite upfront and said that he has a nightclub license.  So every time he asks for an extension to go beyond two or if his music is loud, he has that nightclub license.  My issue is… well one, it’s open-air, so how could that even be possible and this is happening multiple nights.  This isn’t a one-off.  I say that because since this whole thing erupted there is a lot of the talk that we have asked or the community or some members of the community have asked to shut everything down.  They don’t want no entertainment for example, no concert.  That is not so.  I certainly went there trying to understand what’s happening to the neighborhood, what are the plans and how are we going to arrive at a balance because just like everybody else in this society of Belize, we all want a fair and just system, but we want it to be fair and just and to be applied to all.  So it can’t be that my expectations as a resident should no longer be upheld.”


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