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Lap dancing club plan is rejected by committee

From the Lowestoft Journal:

A decision to reject plans for a lap dancing and pole dancing club in Lowestoft has been welcomed by its opponents.

Waveney District Council’s licensing sub committee voted unanimously against an application to open Jessy Fantail in the former Bank Stores pub, in Commercial Road, last Friday, November 21.

Applicants Hazel Wilson and Stephen Barrett were given the go-ahead to open the Candy Lounge Gentleman’s Club in nearby Station Square in February and said they would surrender that licence if they received approval to open in Bank Stores.

Speaking after the meeting, committee member Sarah Webb said councillors felt the location of the latest venue at the gateway to the town and close to residential properties was inappropriate.

Christ Church Lowestoft and Lowestoft Town Pastors were among hundreds of people, also including residents, councillors and businesses, to object the proposals.

Janet Craig, Waveney district councillor for the Harbour Ward, also welcomed the licensing committee’s decision, saying she was pleased with the result, especially for the families living nearby.

She said:

“The residents are really pleased because they thought they were going to be forced to move.

“They are not all on benefits. Some of them are working in low paid jobs and they don’t have many choices of where they can live.

“For the town generally, the appearance of Commercial Road and Station Square area is improving generally and it would have been a backward step. I also think it could put off visitors to the town. People who visit Lowestoft aren’t looking for that kind of thing.”

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