Lowestoft is to get a lap dancing and pole dancing club, councillors agreed tonight - despite fears it will create a “no go zone” for women.

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Waveney District Council’s licensing committee voted in favour to allow the Candy Lounge Gentleman’s Club to be set up in Station Square on the site of the former Vibe nightclub by the Bascule bridge

The application by Hazel Wilson and Stephen Barrett to set up the sexual entertainment venue (SEV) had provoked a flurry of objections from residents who were concerned it would lower the tone of the area and create a public nuisance.

Speaking at tonight’s meeting was objector Tracy Gunn, who said: “It is potentially harmful to the image and prosperity of the town.

“I suggest SEVs create a no go zone for women.”

John Payne, speaking on behalf of other objectors, said the club was “wholly unacceptable” due its proximity to the town’s main shopping area.

The meeting heard the club’s windows would be blanked out and there would be no signs promoting it on display when it was not open.

And it was said by the club’s backers that the venue would draw more money into Lowestoft’s economy.

Mr Barrett, who was assistant manager at a lap dance club in Cambridge for five years, said: “Our business format is to remain discrete and blend in.

“We believe our business will bring in fresh revenue from out of the town as well as Lowestoft itself.”

The terms of the Candy Lounge Gentleman’s Club license will last a year and it will only be open between 9pm and 3am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and St George’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.

12 comments

  • saves going to norwich or yarmouth for stag nights

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    kettle1

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Pedantic point...but Mr.Barrett's assurance that the club would be discrete and blend in is interesting as the word should be DISCREET. The other spelling means separate...lol

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    Dogberry

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Nasty nasty nasty. I will be interested to get the names of the councillors that have passed this and will ensure no votes for them next time. This is a really disappointing decision and the council has seriously let the town and its populace. These bars are not honest businesses, they exploit the girlswomen who are nothing more than money pumps for the "owners". I use that term loosely, as there are better and more descriptive names for them.

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    powelld123

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Sigh...Once again the planning committee has sunk to the lowest level it can and has let Lowestoft down again. Can you think of a nice High Street in a prosperous town with such a venue on one of the most public corners? Ollie, do we really want to emulate G. Yarmouth? Is that the new standard now? Lowestoft deserves better.

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    A. Taylor

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Fair play to them .... Hazel is the most amazing girl I've ever met and she will run this club to the highest standard ...I wish them all the success ... I can't see how a club of this nature lowers any tone? If you don't like it you don't have to go in .... Sex is the most natural thing in the world and without it you wouldn't be here ...but gentlemen a clubs don't even offer sex so what's the problem ....and these clubs are everywhere so get out of that sheltered life and welcome it to the town ...well done hazel wish you all the best x

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    Someone

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Actually I've realised in relation to my last point; that having a dance may not be enough, and unless MORE is done by the hard workers of the Most Glamorous Candy Lounge of Station Square, then these neanderthal chumps are going to pour out of there like sh*te from a sewer pipe, spoiling for fights... hmmm what to do, Lowestoft?

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    Joa

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • I think it may be good to have a venue in which to contain the type of person that I used to encounter on a night out, when I lived in the Lowestoft (which was birth until aged 19, though I do still see the type when i am back for a seasonal visit at christmas & birthdays etc...). I can recall numerous occasions where my (pacifist) male friends were confronted for the type of "crimes" such as wearing similar eyeware to someone recognisable, for example: "Hey Chris Evans, do you think those glasses make you look cool, MATE??!! Who'd you think you are??? WHat YoUre IgNOrINg Me???" *PUNCH* I welcome a venue where these neanderthals can resolve their "Fight Or F*ck" impulse by PAYING someone to make them feel like they are a human being worthy of affection. And of course help the local economic market for young women. I assume these girls are smart enough to know that what they're doing is nothing but what it is... giving those simple men what they need (though of course only if they can reimburse for services rendered accordingly, in cash, thanks). And yes, I am a feminist.

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    Joa

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • saves going to norwich or yarmouth for stag nights

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    kettle1

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • It doesn't bother me either way but what does is objections based on pure assumption and unfounded speculation. Yarmouth have 2 clubs, right in the shoppingsea front area that have been there for years. There hasn't, to my knowledge been any issues, areas are not 'no go' zones for women (in fact one backs onto the cinema) and thousands of families walk past them without any issues or drama during peak season so why would one here be any different? Norwich is the same. Its not in any kind of residential area either so its impact on peoples daily lives is pretty much non existent and its licence will be very tightly regulated by the council who would shut it down in a heartbeat if it ever was to cause problems. Time will tell if the town needs one or not by how busy it will be and if it makes any money.

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    ollie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • does it not matter anymore what is beneficial for our town, and does not our opinion mean anything as lowestoft is our home town obviously we do not get a choice.

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    patricia56

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Wow! A gentleman's club! Just what our town needs!!! That'll really make families from outside this town want to come here! I didn't think the "tone" of that area could get any lower! Apparently I was wrong!!!! And what's with the "no go zone" for women! The last thing this town needs is a lap dancing club, it's needs a mass clean upface lift first!!!

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    Layla Bedford

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I'm sorry do we not live in a world of free will, 'didn't think lowestoft could get any lower' ???? Yes that is why thousands live here , if you don't like it here in the first place why do you feel the need to slate people for tryingmake it better . I Think lowestoft is amazing its my home alright it is not perfect but where is? You CHOOSE to live here so stop blaming everyone else for your rubbish time , maybe crack a smile for once life is what you make it and so is a home.

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    Claire Smith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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