A CLUB boss says it is business as usual at a venue where the licence was suspended after a string of violent incidents.

Councillors suspended the licence of the Goodnight Club, in Stanley Street, Nelson, on Wednesday for four weeks, after an investigation was carried out by Pennine police's licensing department.

But licensee David Geddes, who runs the club with his wife Donna, has lodged an appeal against the ruling, made by Pendle council's licensing committee.

Mr Geddes said: "We believe that some of the conditions that have been asked for will not work.

"It will be business as usual until the appeal is heard and we will be open this weekend as usual.

"I have already lost one night because of all this."

Under licensing law the Nelson club is given 21 days in which to appeal against the suspension imposed.

And until the case is heard and resolved by Pennine magistrates, Mr Geddes can continue operating.

Councillors also said that when its licence is returned, the club will only be allowed to sell alcohol are noon to 1am Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 1am on Sundays.

The committee also said that CCTV systems need to be inspected by poilce and Pendle Council after the suspension is served.

Police had drawn up a catalogue of complaints against the club, including nearly 70 reported crimes in 2007, ranging from assaults and public order offences to drugs allegations and theft.

In January a known troublemaker, barred from every pub and club in Nelson, is said to have assaulted a customer.

And in another disturbance, captured on CCTV, shows people involved in trouble being allowed back into the club afterwards.

Unbreakable glasses had been offered, free of charge, and advice had been given about crime and disorder issues.

But police remained unhappy that unlicensed' door staff were allowed to continue working there.

Mr Geddes insisted that his club had been scapegoated by the authorities, as the latest opening venue in Nelson, which attracted potential troublemakers when other pubs closed their doors late at night.