Marston's Brewery pour cold water on Taunton nightclub hopes

The former Que Pasa site on High Street.

The former Que Pasa site on High Street.

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PROSPECTS of another night club opening at the former Que Pasa site in Taunton were dismissed this week.

Marston’s Brewery, which owns the building in High Street, poured cold water on hopes the site would be turned into a late night venue, despite talks last year to re-open the building.

There were talks of the venue being called L8 after a Facebook page was launched to “get Taunton back on the nightlife scene”.

Work was hoped to start last October before being put back to January and now Marston’s says there are ‘no immediate plans’ for the venue.

People posted their comments on the County Gazette Facebook page as to what they thought the building should be transformed into.

Trish Caller, of Taunton Comedy Festivals, said: “How about somewhere for the over 30s? Proper music we love and recognise from when we were youngsters.”

Other ideas included sheltered accommodation for the homeless over the winter, a horse riding centre for the disabled, a restaurant and a youth club or internet cafe.

Ross Hunter said he wanted the venue to be turned into an indoor paintball centre, while Tammie Tremain Rose hoped it could be an indoor play area for children.

Zerin Lali added: “As long as it isn’t a betting shop or charity shop I don’t care.”

Steve Clarke said Taunton needed a live music venue, “a place that would attract not just local musicians but well-known artists as well. National and international acts”.

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11:38am Thu 30 Jan 14

01cbooth says...

Why have they not pressed ahead? I've been informed that the council were not playing ball on granting a late opening license. For God's sake I go out in Bristol because there are venues that don't shut down at 2/3. Catch up Taunton.
Why have they not pressed ahead? I've been informed that the council were not playing ball on granting a late opening license. For God's sake I go out in Bristol because there are venues that don't shut down at 2/3. Catch up Taunton. 01cbooth
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12:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

The councils in taunton seem to do their best to discourage anyone occupying the high street.l I assume empty shops keep their papaer down!
The councils in taunton seem to do their best to discourage anyone occupying the high street.l I assume empty shops keep their papaer down! Mi_Coc
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1:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

swjoduk says...

Marstons are however opening a new pub on the edge of N Petherton by junction 24. Unfortunately its right next to a nice pub in the Compass Tavern so will probably effect their trade.

Martsons did have an interest in one proposed on Stockmoor, by the school but this will probably end up as houses now. A shame as this is where it should of gone, not J24 right next to a competitor. A lot of people say, oh but its next to the school but so were a lot of old village pubs and schools. Personally I wouldn't have an issue with it.
Marstons are however opening a new pub on the edge of N Petherton by junction 24. Unfortunately its right next to a nice pub in the Compass Tavern so will probably effect their trade. Martsons did have an interest in one proposed on Stockmoor, by the school but this will probably end up as houses now. A shame as this is where it should of gone, not J24 right next to a competitor. A lot of people say, oh but its next to the school but so were a lot of old village pubs and schools. Personally I wouldn't have an issue with it. swjoduk
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7:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

escott.pete says...

Steve Clarke is absolutely right. It should become a live music venue to bring in national and international acts!! The building is far too small to be a riding centre, we have faaaaaar too many restaurants already, and an internet cafe? really? it's 2014, people have internet cafe's in there pockets. A proper live music venue would bring a new industry to Taunton whilst creating an alternative to sticking to the WKD soaked floor in Perking listening to DJ sadmiddleagebaldblok
e and drinking watered down urine.
Steve Clarke is absolutely right. It should become a live music venue to bring in national and international acts!! The building is far too small to be a riding centre, we have faaaaaar too many restaurants already, and an internet cafe? really? it's 2014, people have internet cafe's in there pockets. A proper live music venue would bring a new industry to Taunton whilst creating an alternative to sticking to the WKD soaked floor in Perking listening to DJ sadmiddleagebaldblok e and drinking watered down urine. escott.pete
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10:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Revisionist says...

A levy on unused commercial properties of this nature is long overdue. Doubtless Marstons (based in Wolverhampton) will be writing this empty premises as a loss and reducing its tax bill - why else would they not have any plans for this perfectly good building? Immoral behaviour that adds nothing to our town.

Let's be bold - hand over the keys to our local Students - give them a free space for art, entrepreneurship and their imagination. As the County Town of Somerset we have a duty to lead and innovate - here is a prime opportunity to show that we are capable of doing so.
A levy on unused commercial properties of this nature is long overdue. Doubtless Marstons (based in Wolverhampton) will be writing this empty premises as a loss and reducing its tax bill - why else would they not have any plans for this perfectly good building? Immoral behaviour that adds nothing to our town. Let's be bold - hand over the keys to our local Students - give them a free space for art, entrepreneurship and their imagination. As the County Town of Somerset we have a duty to lead and innovate - here is a prime opportunity to show that we are capable of doing so. Revisionist
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8:26am Sat 1 Feb 14

swjoduk says...

Agree a live music venue would be great but the people of Taunton never seem to support them. I frequently used to go to gigs in Mamba, Aura etc but they also closed due to lack of support.

And if people dont want watered down rubbish that tastes of v little switch to real ale from poor lager from the multinationals
Agree a live music venue would be great but the people of Taunton never seem to support them. I frequently used to go to gigs in Mamba, Aura etc but they also closed due to lack of support. And if people dont want watered down rubbish that tastes of v little switch to real ale from poor lager from the multinationals swjoduk
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