Nightclub days over as venue faces the end

David Wilcox
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The death knell for a once popular Fylde club could finally be set to sound after fresh plans were lodged to convert the building into apartments.

George Gillan, owner of the Vogue Nightclub in Back West Crescent, St Annes, has resubmitted plans to Fylde Council to convert the building into nine flats.

Plans to convert the building were passed by council planners in October last year, but the new application includes a new layout for the apartments, new window arrangements and amendments to elevations.

John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, welcomed the proposed changes to the venue, which he said was “part of an era now over and done with.”

He added: “It was once popular, but it did create an awful lot of problems at closing time, with people leaving the club. I do not think as a town St Annes needed another drinking establishment.

“I think it is a good thing. There is a slight concern about where the parking will be for the nine apartment owners if plans are passed, but I think that is a better result than a nightclub.”

The club, which reopened in 2008, has been in the town for decades, but closed in March last year due to competition, including Toast Bar and Loft in Wood Street.

The fresh plans follow a community scheme to improve the look of Back West Crescent into a a picturesque area, launched this year.

In recent months the street has undergone a transformation, including the planting of flowers by St Annes in Bloom and art displays by the Lytham St Annes Art Collection as part of the St Annes Art Trail.

Speaking last year, David Wilcox, former manager of the Vogue, said a number of factors led to the decision by the owner. He added: “We’ve had various issues. We’ve had problems with the police, problems with the road surface outside the club and the opening of the new Loft nightclub in the town, which has impacted upon business. “In the five years I have been here it has been well-loved by punters. We had 21 people here, door staff, bar staff. We tried to hang on but there wasn’t enough money to pay staff.”