Norwich nightspots Mercy, Flaunt, Rocco’s and Lace could reopen after legal action is dropped

PUBLISHED: 16:23 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:20 04 May 2018

Mercy nightclub and Rocco's in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Mercy nightclub and Rocco's in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A string of popular city nightclubs could reopen after Norwich City Council dropped legal action.

It comes as the company behind the businesses reached a settlement for an £200,000 unpaid rates bill with City Hall.

The deal paves the way for Prince of Wales Road nightspots Mercy, Flaunt, Rocco’s and Lace to reopen.

They had been forced to shut in February when liquidators from Moore Stephens stepped in following an application to the High Court by the council.

While the details of the settlement have not been revealed by either party, City Hall said it was “very pleased” to have reached an agreement and assured the public it had been “very robust” in negotiations.

A council spokesman said: “This has been a landmark case for the council which demonstrates our commitment to recovering unpaid business rates.

“By pursuing this court action we have been able to reach a settlement, showing that we will use any legal means available to recover money owed to the public purse.”

Code Red Promotions owner Ibrahim Peri declined to comment on the settlement at this time.

On February 15 liquidators from Moore Stephens were appointed by the High Court and at the time a spokesman said it was due to the “non-payment of business rates in excess of £200,000”.

It is understood negotiations had been ongoing for some time behind the scenes, as the case was repeatedly adjourned by the High Court.

Nightclub Mercy, which opened in 2003 on a site which had previously been a cinema, has been closed since February along with restaurant Rocco’s and gay club Flaunt.

Mercy is the largest club in the city, with a capacity in the region of 3,000 people, and was visited by television host Jeremy Kyle for his The Kyle Files which focused on Norwich’s nightlife.

The business has clashed with the council previously in a row about noise complaints from neighbouring homes which had been approved for planning permission in 2008.

The Peri family have long been part of Norwich’s clubland with Mr Peri’s father Steve having run several businesses on Prince of Wales Road.

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