Club wins longer licensing hours despite residents fears in Bury St Edmunds

Andrew Hunter and Nicola Hunter outside the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds
Andrew Hunter and Nicola Hunter outside the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds
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The Hunter Club in Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds has gained licensing permission to stay open an hour later, despite the objections of nearby residents.

Neighbours had argued that it would lead to anti-social behaviour, littering, noise and vandalism.

Estelle Hamill of Guildhall Street was among the objectors who said the club had not stuck to an agreement not to use a door into Guildhall Street after 10pm.

“This is considered a peaceful residential neighbourhood, many of the residents being elderly.

“To be disturbed in the early hours of the morning would be extremely distressing for those loveing opposite the entrance to the Hunter Club,” she said.

But Andrew Hunter who owns the club said the extension would ‘Allow us to gently control the departure of our clientele in contrast to the mass exit we sometimes now experience’.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s licensing committee approved the application yesterday (3).

It means the club can now stay open until 1am on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, and 2am Thursday to Saturday.