Plans to open a lap dancing and pole dancing club in Lowestoft town centre have prompted a wave of objections, amid claims it will be “totally inappropriate” for the area and fuel “degenerate behaviour”.

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An application by Hazel Wilson and Stephen Barrett to create a “sexual entertainment venue” in Station Square will come under scrutiny on Wednesday from Waveney District Council’s licensing committee.

The pair are seeking permission to convert the former Vibe nightclub – on the first floor of a three-storey building next to the Bascule bridge – into what would be known as the Candy Lounge Gentleman’s Club.

If approved, the club would cater for a “maximum of 60 patrons” and open from 8pm to 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a number of bank holidays including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Mr Barrett, who was an assistant manager for five years at a lap dancing club in Cambridge, and Miss Wilson, who has worked as a lapdancer in more than 30 different venues and is a former Pole Idol UK winner, state that windows will be “boarded up and blacked out” and “people will not be allowed to loiter outside”.

But their application has prompted more than 30 objections, including concerns that the club would be close to the beach, railway station and town centre and fears that it might add to public nuisance.

The trustees and management team of Lowestoft Town Pastors initiative, which is run by local churches, raise “serious” objections to the application, stating: “In our view it would be totally inappropriate to allow a sex establishment at this location, given the character of the area.

“As one of only two river crossings, the main bridge funnels all vehicle and pedestrian traffic between north and south, including many vulnerable users of the night-time economy. The Candy Lounge would mean potential predators (men who have had alcohol and been sexually stimulated) looking for more ‘candy’ on the street, and bring them unavoidably into contact with vulnerable people, who have no other route available.”

Another objector, who lives nearby, says: “I was under the impression that the council were trying to regenerate Station Square, but this would be a step in the wrong direction and result in degenerate behaviour of already vulnerable people.”

Suffolk Pensioners Association also objects, saying: “Not only would it add to the heady mix of night-time problems but also spoil Lowestoft’s present reputation and projected image as a family-friendly seaside resort.”

20 comments

  • There are lap dancing clubs in Norwich which are unobtrusive during the day and at night, you'd think they were just another bar but with blacked out windows. I'm not bothered if it gets the go ahead or not. The reaction some people have had that I read about in the Journal, leads me to think they've lived pretty sheltered lives reading the Daily Mail.

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    BlueRobin

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I live in this town, and quite frankly couldn't give two monkeys if theres a lap dancing club or not. Fuel degenerate behaviour? Really? I would be willing to guarantee that anyone who has complained or objected will never have actually been into one. I have. The place was well managed and safe, as would this, boarded up windows etc. Oh, and neither am I a degenerate. I rarely go out and drink, and have never been involved a fight in my life. Yet, by entering such premises I'd be more like to fuel degenerate behaviour? Rubbish. If you don't like gambling, you don't enter a bookies do you? If you don't want to see lap-dancing, don't go in. Stop being morally outraged about something that will not affect your day to day life. Alternatively, go live in Iran Saudi Arabia with like minded people where there won't be dancing ladies. Probably won't be freedom of speech either. Oh, and Frank, people choose to be lap-dancers, because they want to. Given a good education and upbringing our daughters probably wouldn't want to be one, by their own parental standards.......

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    Eddie

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Please don't allow enticing names, its bad enough taking the kids to the 99p shop in Commercial road when they see the sex TOY shop,and now the CANDY lounge! Who are they trying to entice?

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    poppy

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • People should be pleased that someone wants to invest in the town. What do people think is going to happen?? It'll just look like a bar with tinted windows.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • the only eye "candy" we need is a beautiful beach and a clean,safe town

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    patricia56

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I think the deterent effect of this club, added to a "missing" beach between the piers & blocked-off South Pier are making this lovely town look seedy & derelict. Do we really want our daughters appearing as lapdancers?

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    Frank

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Excellent plan. Good luck to all.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • "degenerate behaviour”. Why the handful of do-gooders wish to control what others do is beyond my understanding. Majority: it's called democracy. Good luck to this business project.

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    JackH-1938

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • "close to the beach, railway station and town centre" - sounds like an ideal location for a business, not cause for objection.

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I think the deterent effect of this club, added to a "missing" beach between the piers & blocked-off South Pier are making this lovely town look seedy & derelict. Do we really want our daughters appearing as lapdancers?

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    Frank

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Obviously those who this such behaviour will appear after a lap dancing club opens have not been out pubbing and clubbing recently. A lot of cheap booze, a kebab, two blokes with beer goggles and a fat lass with no morals.....suddenly a nice clean lap dancing club seems the best option.

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    KeithS

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • These places cause less trouble than normal pubs and clubs as the owners know that at the fisrt sign of any trouble, they will lose their licence. This means that drinking is better controlled and anyone who objects has obviously not actually been inside one. Many pubs etc in Lowestofrt are already seedier than this place will be. Another missing piece of the puzzle in moving Lowestoft up from the 1850's to the present day.

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    DaveG

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Suffolk Pensioners Association has suggested that a lap dancing club would spoil Lowestoft’s present reputation, what reputation? Just think WDC, a lack lustre shopping centre, appalling traffic problems and foul mouthed, inarticulate hoodies roaming the mainstreet.

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    peter waller

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Surely if you try and stop poles dancing its racial discrimination.

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    kevin bacon

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • lowestoft is a seaside town, as well as our home it needs family venues not just for us, but for seasonal visitors, apart from the beach there is nothing i doubt if holiday makers will use the candy lounge for holiday fun. we need people to invest in our town shops and businesses are closing weekly. if anyone wants to invest money into lowestoft then it should be spent saving and protecting our town from flooding, this would benefit the people who live in the town and protect the town we call home.

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    patricia56

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I can't think of anything more horrid as a first impression to a family leaving the train with their kids and walking to the beach. I can't think of any business that would harm regeneration more than a strip club right on such a highly visible location on High Street. A strip club caters to one small demographic of men, yet will discourage everyone else from enjoying the area. The present businesses in the area will be damaged to a huge degree as decent men, women and children will be discouraged from enjoying the area, or even feel safe walking by the venue. And I can't think of anything more off putting that saying the building will be "boarded up" with big blank windows on the street. Horrid, horrible, depressing and frankly, stupid as a business model.

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    A. Taylor

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Its hardly a wave of objections only 30 odd more people are crying about tesco in pakefield than this. It could be a boost to the town with stag does going to Yarmouth and Norwich people from beccles, southwold and souronding Lowestoft area can come to the town and spend some needed money in this town. But i do think a name change would be better get rid of the word Candy the Vibe Gentlemen's club would raise less questions with children who pass by in the town.

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    SIRWolfe

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I for one object to this sordid, demeaning & exploitative buisiness dierectly in our town center. I have led far from a sheltered life, but have learnt what is poisonous & what is innocent.

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    Frank

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Get a grip, Frank. Stay at home mate and you won't have to see the horrors of tinted windows on the third floor of a building.

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    DT

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Surely if you try and stop poles dancing its racial discrimination.

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    kevin bacon

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

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