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Former club hopes for sound of music

PUBLISHED: 14:14 24 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH nightclub which closed three months ago could soon be reopening its doors under new management.

By JO MACDONALD

Joanne.macdonald@ecng.co.uk

AN IPSWICH nightclub which closed three months ago could soon be reopening its doors under new management.

Sound Academy's former owner, Neal John, shut the club in April unable to compete with the town's major company back venues.

However, an application for the renewal and transfer of the nightspot's public entertainment licence will come before Ipswich Borough Council on Thursday and if accepted the club could soon be pulling in clubbers once more.

If the licence is granted new manager, Antony Moorecroft, has proposed to open Sound Academy up to five nights a week.

The club would host under 18s nights once a month on Tuesdays. From September it would stage live bands on Wednesdays. Thursdays would be party nights featuring live acts open to over 21s. And on Fridays and Saturdays it would be home to over 19s club nights with music ranging from garage and drum and bass, to house and UK garage, to RnB and soul.

There are also plans to include a restaurant within the re-launched club serving a range of food including burgers, sandwiches, nachos and burritos.

News of the club's possible reopening will be welcomed by the hundreds of people left disappointed when it closed earlier this year but it has been met by an objection from Blocks Solicitors, who are also based in Arcade Street.

In a letter of opposition to the renewal and transfer of the club's licence in to Mr Moorecroft's name the solicitors said that when the club was open there was regular damage to the firm's windows and problems with litter and vomit and that these problems had decreased since the club closed.

The objection also highlighted problems with the club's CCTV system which was unable to successfully identify all but one person causing damage.

The solicitors added: "Owing to the fact that the Sound Academy premises is some distance from the other nightclubs in town, it appeared that there was inadequate police presence at closing time to ensure the security of premises in the immediate vicinity of the club."

Mr Moorecroft has tried to allay their fears that the trouble will start again if the venue opens again and said: "I have successfully held licenses for 20 years and for the last six years held a town centre public entertainments' licence.

"I employ a professional security company and have always taken great pride in their efficiency.

"I will not tolerate vandalism and consider myself a fit and proper person to carry out supervision of the club both inside and out in a very professional manner."

Sound Academy first opened in July 1999. A number of other clubs opened in the months afterwards and as an independent club former owner Neal John felt unable to compete with these other company backed venues and closed.

The application to renew and transfer the club's public entertainment licence will be decided by Ipswich Borough Council's licensing and regulatory committee on Thursday morning.

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