Frontier gym worries

TAXI drivers would lose customers if a Batley nightclub becomes a gym, a campaigner has warned.

Akooji Badat, of the Kirklees Hackney Carriage Association, objects to plans which could see the Frontier closed.

The owners of the Bradford Road nightspot insist they have no intention of doing that.

But speculation is mounting given they have applied to Kirklees Council for change of use to a gym.

Mr Badat said: “We fully object to any kind of change of use due to several reasons.

“Obviously we earn our livelihood from it - and we believe the club is doing alright so far as business is concerned.”

Mr Badat, who represents hackney carriage drivers in North Kirklees, believes there are already enough gyms.

And the area has lost enough entertainment venues as it is without the Frontier going.

Mr Badat added: “There are so many gyms. Many years ago the Barcelona nightclub closed at junction 27 and is currently doing okay.”

In February the owners sought a certificate of lawfulness from the council for a change of use. A fresh bid was mounted in April and the venue’s consultant general manager Nick Westwell said: “We are just exploring all the options.”

The Frontier was previously known as the legendary Batley Variety Club, which opened in 1967. Acts such as Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones and the Bee Gees performed there.

Mr Badat said: “The club with its history is the capital of Batley and the king of Bradford Road. Revellers from all over are enjoying coming to Batley for a night out on our very famous Golden Mile. The Frontier should remain as a nightclub.”

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