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Residents anger at late night bar

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

PUNCH ups, loud music, litter and shouting – Ipswich town centre residents say enough is enough.

People living in the Great Colman Street area are objecting to another late night bar opening near their homes saying they are already faced with a string of problems.

PUNCH ups, loud music, litter and shouting – Ipswich town centre residents say enough is enough.

People living in the Great Colman Street area are objecting against plans to open another late night bar opening near their homes saying they are already faced with a string of problems.

They are against the application of a public entertainment's licence for the former Webster's auction room, which already has been granted permission for change of use to a café bar.

Peter Hibbard, of Old Foundry Road, whose home backs onto Webster's, is already disturbed by thumping base sounds from the music at Edwards bar in the street, plus noise of bottle collections.

He said: "We would expect this to be repeated. There's also a litter problem in terms of late night food half eaten and left on the windowsills or put through letter boxes. This is a growing residential area."

Seth Davis, 28, said constant noise from crowds mingling in the area at night forced him and his partner, Vicki Perkins, 26, move out of their home over the bank holiday weekend.

Mr Davis, said: "On the Friday night there was noise all night – there was at least one fight and screaming.

"The noise tends to go in waves but with the weather getting warmer people are going out more at night.

"I am not against these sort of things but feel there is a place for it. This is more of a residential area and police are already struggling to cope with the call outs.

"Chicago's night spot ever really bothered us.

"But since the bar Edwards opened more people have been attracted to this side of the town. It was a normal pub before with ordinary opening times and different clientele.

"We already have queues past our front door. On top of this the behaviour of late night crowds can be intimidating and threatening."

If Webster's does get approval for a public entertainment's licence Mr Davis said he would consider moving away.

He was among those who aired their views at a Great Colman Street and surrounding area residents' meeting also attended by representatives from police and Ipswich borough council.

"There is already late night noise from Edwards at the rear from bottles and extractors, plus music and people," said Mr Davis. "Surely Cardinal Park is designed for this sort of activity?"

The application for a public entertainment's licence goes before the Ipswich Borough Council committee 30th May.

If permission is granted the bar is set to open Mon – Sat 10 am to 1 am and Sun noon to 1 am.


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