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STANDING STRONG: Watford’s PRYZM nightclub saved from closure after months of campaigning

 Published on: 21st December 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire’s largest nightclub, PRYZM Watford, is set to stay open as the venue signs a five-year lease extension.

The potential closure of the 2,500 capacity club angered several residents and local political figures including Dean Russell MP who worked to keep the doors open.

PRYZM was under threat of closure in January 2023 to make way for 147 homes but hundreds objected and signed a petition to save the nightclub.

Dean Russell MP for Watford is delighted with the decision to keep the nightclub which he says is beneficial to the town’s economy.

He said: “My argument was that closing the nightclub will have a hugely detrimental effect on the local economy, with neighbouring bars, restaurants, takeaways, and local taxi firms losing out on revenue and the staff losing their jobs.

“The site’s history dates back decades, having previously operated as Paradise Lost, Bailey’s, Top Rank, Kudos, Destiny and Oceana, so I am delighted that young people will be able to continue enjoying the club.

“The support from all age groups has been amazing and I would like to thank everybody that took the time to sign the Save Watford’s Nightlife petition which I presented in Parliament earlier this year.”

PRYZM Watford’s venue manager, Dave Vickery, said: “I am obviously thrilled that we head into the new year on a high note, and I look forward to working with all vested parties to ensure PRYZM has long and successful future.

“We would like to thank everyone who has shown us so much support this year, from our customers to local businesses and our local MP Dean Russell.  PRYZM is so much more than a nightclub; it is the heartbeat of Watford, providing much valued footfall to the town centre and of course entertainment for thousands of young adults across the county.”

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