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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Plans to relaunch Carlisle's Twisted Wheel nightclub ‘still on the cards’

Carlisle's Twisted Wheel nightclub may still re-open, even though part of the building that housed it is now likely to be turned into shops and flats.

The News & Star reported on Monday that Wapping Property had applied to convert the former Club XS in West Walls.

The scheme could see 16 jobs provided in three or four shops fronting West Walls, with two one-bedroomed flats above.

But the plans show that the two floors beneath, in Blackhouses Walk, will not be altered.

These used to house the Twisted Wheel and could re-open as a nightclub, or possibly as two venues.

Wapping Property is registered to Carlisle Glass/ Longhorn Hardware’s head office in Lorne Crescent, Denton Holme, and its sole director is John Pattison who set up the group.

Former Carlisle Renaissance director Ian McNichol, who is married to Mr Pattison’s daughter Andrea, said in June that he was “looking into” re-opening the Twisted Wheel.

He has now issued a statement to clarify that those plans are not affected by the conversion of the upper floors. The statement says: “We are still exploring options for the remainder of the building. We are in discussions with various parties but as yet no definitive decision to re-open has been taken.”

Ideas include a multi-purpose venue catering for a mix of music, performance and arts events such as live bands, comedy, DJ nights, shows and exhibitions.

There might also be space for rehearsal, private parties and other community uses.

An auction of the building last year failed because bidding did not reach the reserve price of £400,000.

The premises have not traded since April 2008.

Wapping says it has been talks with Carlisle City Council’s heritage officer to ensure that the proposals for any shops in West Walls “complement and enhance the existing streetscape”.

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