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New tactic against lapdancing club

PUBLISHED: 07:30 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

Owners of a hotel who want to get the licence of the lapdancing club below taken away withdrew their objections at the last-minute yesterday - but said the battle was not over yet.

Owners of a hotel who want to get the licence of the lapdancing club below taken away withdrew their objections at the last-minute yesterday - but said the battle was not over yet.

Guests staying at the New Beach Hotel on Yarmouth's seafront have plagued managers with complaints of being kept up all night because of music pumping from the premises below.

They say the noise emanating from the Long Bar and Angels lapdancing club complex rattles their windows and rowdy behaviour on the street outside makes matters worse.

Hotel owners Leisureplex were yesterday scheduled to take Long Bar owner and Hopton Parish Council chairman Mike Butcher to a review of his 10am to 6am licence, awarded in April.

That could have seen the premises as the first to be stripped of its licence in Norfolk under new rules introduced last November.

But Leisureplex operations director Karen Sawbridge withdrew the application for a review at the last minute after receiving readings from two sets of sound engineers taken last week which showed that the complex was now just 0.5 decibels above the 35db limit set.

Yesterday she said: "It seems small-minded now to come up with this objection when the complex is only now slightly exceeding its limits, though for a long while it was far above that.

"The whole problem is much more meaty than that and it would be a joke to make an issue out of the 0.5 decibels rather than come at the problem from a much more sensible angle."

Mrs Sawbridge said that she was now going to change tack and concentrate objections on the complex's alleged public disorder problems - which if proved would also be a cause to have its licence revoked.

"The worst problems now are caused when customers leave the premises," she said. "People are coming out between 3am and 6am and there's all sorts of levels of bad behaviour, from fighting and peeing up the walls, to vomiting and shouting.

"In April the complex was also given a licence to serve food outside and with the revamp of Marine Parade, there's now an unofficial taxi rank outside the hotel, so people don't leave the area quickly.

"There's a lingering sensation of bad behaviour outside the complex which we want a stop put to."

Mrs Sawbridge said she would continue to monitor guests' complaints and gather other evidence of behaviour outside the Long Bar and Angels, then resubmit her application to review the complex's licence at a later date.

Mr Butcher yesterday refused to comment.


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