Defiant landlady vows to fight council

AN Ipswich landlady today said she will not be defeated by the council that broke into her pub and seized music equipment.Julie Denney, who runs the Giles Tavern, in Queen Street, felt she was left with no option but to give the pub a full refurbishment after the incident on May 26.

AN Ipswich landlady today said she will not be defeated by the council that broke into her pub and seized music equipment.

Julie Denney, who runs the Giles Tavern, in Queen Street, felt she was left with no option but to give the pub a full refurbishment after the incident on May 26.

Police and Ipswich Borough environmental health officers broke into the pub in the early hours of the morning after complaints had been received about the level of the noise being played.

Ms Denney said: "I really don't want to give in to the people who are trying to close me down and I felt the only way to do that was to give the pub a completely new look and come back stronger than ever."

The pub closed on June 15 and re-opened its doors yesterday.

It will now hold lap dancing nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Previously the event had just been held them just on Thursdays.

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Ms Denney feels the complaints about the noise came because of her choice to hold the lap dancing events.

She said: "I started running the nights in December and since then I got lots of complaints and always on Thursday evenings.

"The new style Giles Tavern will have part of the pub sectioned off on all three nights now. I feel I can't let the customers down."

Ms Denny said she has had great support from customers and 15 of them have even helped her to carry out the refurbishment.

She added: "I had to make a big decision about what to do when the council came in and ordered me to go to court about the level of noise.

"But I will not give in and the pub will open with a little stereo."

A spokesman for the environmental health, said: "We are happy to state there have been no complaints since the music system was seized."

A case between the Environmental Health and Ms Denney will take place in South East Magistrates Court on July 19.

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