New license application for Zest

A TROUBLED Ipswich nightclub where a man was gunned down and killed could reopen under new management.Jimoh Plunkett, 24, of New Cross, London, died after he was shot at Zest nightclub in the early hours of December 9.

A TROUBLED Ipswich nightclub where a man was gunned down and killed could reopen under new management.

Jimoh Plunkett, 24, of New Cross, London, died after he was shot at Zest nightclub in the early hours of December 9.

Three others were shot and one stabbed in a night of violence at the Princes Street club.

The venue has remained closed since the shooting and its licence has been revoked.

Now, the owners of the building have applied to Ipswich Borough Council for a new licence to allow for the supply of alcohol and for regulated entertainment.

The application is by the building's landlords Rex House Limited and, according to their solicitor Craig Baylis, has nothing to do with previous club manager Kerpal Baines.

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Mr Baylis, of law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, said: “They have no plans for the venue they just want a separate licence.

“They have been liaising with the police through me.”

Mr Baylis said it was not yet known if the building would be leased to another tenant should the application be successful.

He said Rex House Limited is a land owning company and owns millions of pounds of property throughout the country.

Their licence application bids for the club to be able to supply alcohol between 10am and 4am throughout the week and to provide regulated entertainment between 10am and 5am on various days of the week.

It states that the licence “would not become operational without a new operational style having first been approved by the police”.

When deciding to revoke the club's licence in January, the council's licensing sub-committee ruled there had been a failing in the venue's management and stated: “The premises is of such a size, and it has developed such a reputation for violence, that criminal elements would continue to be attracted to the premises even if it changed its name and banned external promoters.”

Interested parties can make representations, in writing, to the council about the application by May 1.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mr Plunkett and are due to answer bail at Ipswich police station in June.

What do you think of the application? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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