Pub seating approved

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A CONTENTIOUS seating area outside a Sudbury pub has been approved by Babergh District Council.

The 12 metre by two-and-a-half metre area outside the Grover and Allen in North Street had been recommended for refusal at a development committee meeting on Wednesday.

It has been in place for around four months and has been used by customers for eating and drinking outside.

The application specified the area would be used between 8am and 7pm, in line with Sudbury Town Council recommendations.

Development committee member Rex Thake said: “It wasn’t a unanimous vote, there was quite a discussion and it took a while.”

Councillor Simon Clarke expressed his concerns about the proposal when it came before the town council, particularly with regards to its effect on tourism and the potential for anti-social behaviour.

He said: “It was approved by the majority of town councillors and I was just trying to point out the pitfalls of that area.

“It seems a reasonable compromise and we will see how it pans out over time.”

Pub manager Chris Layzell said: “I am very happy that we have been given the opportunity to continue with the outside seating area as I feel it has been a positive step forward for the pub.

“The right decision has been made for our customers and the people of Sudbury.”