Hove's laser game venue Megazone is expected to close shortly. Brighton & Hove City Council, which owns the building, says it needs the premises vacant in connection with the King Alfred redevelopment proposals.
Megazone's lease to the premises expired in June 2003. The Council had tried to negotiate an acceptable arrangement for the company to stay as long as possible but talks failed. The Court of Appeal ruled in May 2004 the council was entitled to have the Megazone premises returned. The council delayed the requirement for possession until the beginning of August to enable the owners of Megazone to make a sensible and constructive termination of their business and to give their staff a suitable period of notice.
A council spokesman said, "We were seeking to negotiate flexible arrangements to ensure Megazone left quickly when any development started. When we put these ideas to Megazone they made a number of demands, one of which was an attempt to get us to hand over a very large sum of taxpayers’ money. We could not negotiate on that basis.
"Subsequently, a judge at the Court of Appeal said in May their case had no merit. Since then they have failed to pay taxpayers £35,000 they owe in court costs.”
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