Pool and snooker club's future in doubt

A POPULAR pool and snooker club in Ipswich could be bulldozed and replaced with apartments if one of the owners gets his way.Ron Moss, who owns part of the Premier Pool and Snooker Club, in Duke Street, has put in a planning application with Ipswich Borough Council to replace the club with a four-storey building with shops and 14 apartments.

A POPULAR pool and snooker club in Ipswich could be bulldozed and replaced with apartments if one of the owners gets his way.

Ron Moss, who owns part of the Premier Pool and Snooker Club, in Duke Street, has put in a planning application with Ipswich Borough Council to replace the club with a four-storey building with shops and 14 apartments.

However, Terry Garnham who is joint owner has worked at the club since it opened 21 years ago and desperately wants to keep it open.

Mr Garnham said: “I am fighting for a new lease because the old one ran out in June this year. Ron did make an offer to buy my share of the club but I said no.

“If the offer was right I might sell but I would like to see the club remain open.

“It will be a shame if it has to close although I do understand that everything has to come to an end sometime.”

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The club has been situated in Island House on the Ipswich dockside since 1985 and in the past has had an impressive reputation as the home of the best Suffolk pool teams.

The centre ran its own training scheme for junior players and boasted having more than 300 members in the year 2000.

Mr Garnham added: “If it shuts there will be no more county pool in Suffolk and the end of many other competitions.”

The lower part of the building, which was a former warehouse, has been used in recent years as a shelter for homeless people around the Christmas period.

Since the re-development of Ipswich's waterfront the building has been left as something of an eyesore and sticks out from the side of Persimmon Homes' development Orwell Quay.

Mr Moss was unavailable for comment.

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