former bank has been closed down by the Council after officers witnessed unregulated, large-scale events being held at the building leading to serious incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Manchester Magistrates issued the Closure Order for the property – 554-556 Hyde Road in Gorton – following reports of events being held despite having no events licence, no licence to serve alcohol, no certificates to serve food, and the building being in a state of disrepair.

The property, informally known as the ‘Hyde Road Café’ and ‘The Spot’, was purchased in December 2020 by a private owner and sublet to another party. Neither party applied to the Local Planning Authority for a formal change of use and no Council Tax or Business Rates have been paid against the property.

The Magistrates branded the premises a “very dangerous place” and a “death trap” before issuing the closure order, which will mean no one can enter the property – other than the property owner or named individuals – for three months.

While operating, the illegal venue hosted large events, including DJ nights and late-night club events, including during the Covid-19 lockdown. These events often ran late into the night and with loud music, disturbing local people.

Police officers were called to the premises several times since the beginning of 2021 and met with abuse and violence.

The  main occupier of the property also claimed to have renovated the building into a space that includes a bar, dancefloor, beauty salon and luxury accommodation. However, the premises was found to be in a state of disrepair with exposed wires, uneven flooring and of a poor standard of cleanliness. J


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