The managers of the SkyDome
have responded to concerns raised by the Spon End community about
troublemakers causing noise and damage in the area.
Bosses say the complex has
been commended by both the police and the council since opening in
It has been criticised for
causing noise, litter and damage in Spon Street by traders and
Jules Burton, regional manager
of SkyDome owners Northern Leisure last night met with the concerned
groups and members of the police authority to clear up the matter.
Points of concern about Spon
End were raised at the meeting but Burton pointed out that many of
them were not related to SkyDome.
"One of the main
complaints was that litter was bad in Spon End and there was also
"A high level of the
litter is generated by flyers distributed by other establishments
looking to target our customers, which you will find at any event
where there are a large number of people - we always do our best to
discourage these people.
security staff do their best to ensure no-one leaves the club with a
glass or bottle, it would be removed from them on the door.
"People often come to
SkyDome from the city centre carrying bottles and then discard them
because they know they will not be admitted with them.
"Any large site will
create some litter and this is reflected in the rates that we pay
for the surrounding areas to be cleaned."
One issue that SkyDome
management were quick to clear up was the call for them to police
club-goers after they had left the development.
Mr Burton said:
"We have more CCTV in
and around SkyDome than the rest of the city centre put together and
several of these cameras were installed on the Spon Street side of
the complex as a deterrent.
"Our security staff
have no jurisdiction once people have left the property but we do
encourage people to leave in a quiet and orderly fashion.
"To confront people
making noise off-site can often just provoke a situation.
"We do take
responsibility for our customers which I think we showed on a recent
night when we actually paid for two police officers to be in
attendance for the entire evening."
Another point regarded cars
blocking Spon Street at night, something which surprised Mr
"SkyDome has an 800
space multi-storey car park, and the one at the Co-op is also
available for use.
"All of our literature
encourages people to park there and anyone who phones for directions
is told that parking is available in the complex. It is rarely
The regional manager admitted
that he felt the concerns had come about through a communications
failure between the two parties and pledged to resurrect a regular
"I know that SkyDome
were represented at formal Spon End meetings originally and but that
has fallen away and we are no longer given the times and the dates.
"I would very much like
to start that up again and would appreciate an invitation to any
meeting so that I could attend and listen to their concerns.
"One of those concerns
the role of Bonds Cocktail Bar within the SkyDome complex.
"It is not a
night-club. It is a bar which is licensed until 2am and is used
later at night as a relaxing and comfortable environment for Diva
customers in accordance with the Government white paper on