A TROUBLE-hit Stroud bar has had its licence conditions tightened up after reports of brawls and a woman being assaulted.

Licensing chiefs have issued their decision on the premises certificate for the Carlton Club in London Road, Stroud, which is run by Conservative district and county councillor Nick Housden.

Stroud District Council considered a review of the club’s licence at a meeting in Ebley Mill on March 22.

Gloucestershire police had requested a review and suspension of the premises certificate.

There have been eight incidents at the club since Cllr Housden, who represents Stonehouse on both SDC and Gloucestershire County Council, became the chairman in March 2023.

During the meeting, councillors heard from a local resident who said people were “fed up with yobs congregating in the club’s gardens and shouting, swearing and smoking pot”.

He said there had been fights and a woman had been 'smashed in the face'.

The panel resolved to replace the current conditions with new ones agreed between the club and the police.

From now on inner entrance doors and a side door must be closed at all times save for access.

The chairman must also ensure that no member or bona fide guest is admitted after 10.15pm and 11pm respectively on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Police and licensing officers will be allowed to carry out monthly inspections and the front garden will be cleared and not used after 11pm.

The club chairman must also ensure nobody under 18 is allowed entry unless accompanied by an adult member or bona fide guest – and records will be kept.

A high-definition CCTV system will also be installed and a signing-in register will be used while any incidents must be recorded in a log book.

Staff must also undergo training on conflict management, drug use and dealing with vulnerable people and the club committee will meet residents on a quarterly basis.

In a statement, the committee said: “We are delighted to now move on and continue to grow and develop the club, seeing it thrive following some challenging conditions over the past few years.

“We thank everyone for their support and cooperation during these past few months and look forward to more works developing the club in the coming months.”