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EMRO day 4: Job fears if order is introduced

Managing Director of the Sanuk nightclub Peter Bowden.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-2-2014

Managing Director of the Sanuk nightclub Peter Bowden. PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-2-2014

A nightclub manager has told the fears facing workers if Blackpool introduces a 3am ban on serving alcohol.

Stuart Green, operations director at Club Sanuk, said he and his colleagues face a bleak future if they lost their jobs as a result of the introduction of an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO).

He also told the fourth day of a Town Hall hearing that Sanuk spend thousands of pounds in the economy supporting other businesses.

Club Sanuk owner Peter Bowden, pictured, has previously warned the venue could close if its 4am licence is pegged back.

Mr Green said: “My boss Mr Bowden sat me down at the start of this process and admitted to me that should this EMRO come in I will lose my job.

“I and my family have lived through the fear of this for 12 months, but I am not alone, other senior members of the team and their families are going through the same fear and anxiety as my own.”

He added other businesses in Blackpool would also suffer. He said in 2013 £230,000 was spent by Club Sanuk on suppliers and services.

Mr Green added: “I am angry that I work with a committed and dedicated team of people who work their hardest to make sure our customers, both local people and visitors, are given a friendly welcome and yet their jobs are under threat.”

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