Police in Dundee have raised concerns about the proposed opening of a Dundee nightclub until 6am.
The operators of Deja Vu on the Cowgate have applied for permission to extend its opening beyond the current 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
However, in a written submission to the licensing board, senior officers in Dundee said the plan the first of its kind in the city was “cause for concern”.
It’s feared the later licence could lead to more crime and disturbances, and put a strain on police resources.
The submission stated: “This extension of hours will undoubtedly result in police resources having to be retained on duty far later than was originally operationally planned for.
“They may have to be supplemented by officers deployed from other areas of the division. This will inevitably have an adverse impact on the other areas… in addition to having a potentially significant cost implication to the force.
“Nightclub revellers undoubtedly make noise nuisance from time to time on returning home,” said the letter. “This will also extend the period which communities will have to tolerate disruption to their lives, through increased noise at a later time at weekends.”
In January, Police Scotland sought a review of the applicant’s premises licence following a number of issues which included, said officers, “poor door management, assaults and disturbances.”
That led to the licensing board giving the venue’s management three months to put measures in place which could help alleviate any issues.
During that period police said they had seen “improvement in all areas of customer care and door stewarding,” leading to no further action being taken by the board.
Since then there had been eight further incidents two involving people causing a disturbance outside which were dealt with by police.
Nightclub owner Jimmy Marr has previously said that the reason for the extension bid was to compete with casinos, which were able to open later.
It was said that refusing to grant extended licences might see a number of Dundee nightclubs close.
Deja Vu was opened in August 2000 and refurbished in early 2012.
The licence extension request is due to be heard at a meeting on Thursday.