Young people need nightlife on doorstep in Witney

First published in Letters

Sir – What has gone wrong with nightlife in Witney?

Witney needs a nightclub urgently. What is the sense of sending all of the younger generation to Oxford for a night out when they could keep all the trade in the town?

The taxis drivers are suffering; the local pubs are struggling to remain open; the fast food outlets need late night trade to make ends meet.

We had always had a nightclub in the town, the football club, Sidings, the Palace, Langdale Hall, for weddings, discos, private functions.

I can only talk from experience what it means for the young ones to have a good night out.

Yes, there has been an odd occasion where there has been trouble, but all in all, no problems.

Back in the 70s and 80s, up to 200 people a night would have a good time.

You cannot convince me that it is safe to wait for a bus home from Oxford at 3am in the morning.

I am sure the younger generation would rather get dressed up and stay in the town.

We might end up with the Corn Exchange as the only possible venue for discos, sorry but it is not big enough for the town. Get a grip, Witney.

David Willis, Colwell Drive, Witney

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10:38am Thu 15 May 14

Ross J says...

I think it's a bit of an overstatement to say that young people 'need' a nightclub. Many people feel that Witney is a far more peaceful and safer place, and probably a lot cleaner too, as a result of the drunken masses no longer exploiting the town center for their self indulgent needs. Businesses may suffer, but that's just plain old economics. Other businesses will flourish as a result. When I was younger I had no problem with travelling to Oxford for a night out, it's no great hardship.
I think it's a bit of an overstatement to say that young people 'need' a nightclub. Many people feel that Witney is a far more peaceful and safer place, and probably a lot cleaner too, as a result of the drunken masses no longer exploiting the town center for their self indulgent needs. Businesses may suffer, but that's just plain old economics. Other businesses will flourish as a result. When I was younger I had no problem with travelling to Oxford for a night out, it's no great hardship. Ross J
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7:09pm Thu 15 May 14

OutToPasture says...

Any idea of a nightlife in Witney is dead an buried. The district/town council would like to see Witney close at 9pm, and have been a keen driving force in the closure of any decent venues for years.

The closure of Izzi's was not just from the rate hike, but also a campaign from the town council to have it closed over noise levels.

Witney is for rich pensioners, we just have to deal with it.
Any idea of a nightlife in Witney is dead an buried. The district/town council would like to see Witney close at 9pm, and have been a keen driving force in the closure of any decent venues for years. The closure of Izzi's was not just from the rate hike, but also a campaign from the town council to have it closed over noise levels. Witney is for rich pensioners, we just have to deal with it. OutToPasture
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