The county’s largest nightclub is set to close in early 2024.
Watford Pryzm has been forced to vacate its premises by January 5, despite recently signing a new five-year lease.
Months of campaigning led by Dean Russell MP for Watford saw the venue saved from being converted into 147 homes in December of last year.
The community was left stunned, however, after a listing for the 2,500-capacity nightclub was released on Zoopla in October.
Dean Russell MP weighed in on the situation once more.
He told Watford News: “If the reports are true, the announcement would be deeply frustrating for Watford and I would urge everyone involved to look at how we could save the nightclub for the sake of our town’s nighttime economy.
“In my recent discussion with the owners of Pryzm, REKOM, I understand no final decision has been made so I will continue to offer to do what I can to keep the nightclub open. I am also aware that attendance has been reduced this year which does seem to be a national trend but does not mean nightclubs don’t continue to hold an important role for young people everywhere.
“I am proud of the campaign I led last year to stop the nightclub closing at the start of the year. I worked closely with the dedicated staff team at Pryzm, and the campaign was widely supported by local residents and businesses alike. The very reason I fought so hard was to protect the staff and the overall nighttime economy in Watford. This includes our taxi drivers and small businesses who heavily rely on the footfall to and from the nightclub.
“I will continue to raise the awareness of the importance of our nighttime economy and do all I can to protect our historic high street. I feel it would be a shame if we lost an iconic part of our history simply to be replaced with yet another tower block which will do nothing to contribute to the footfall in our town or protect jobs and livelihoods.”
REKOM and Watford Pryzm have been contacted for comment.