Closed club could reopen by August

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A SOCIAL club forced to close after its licence was revoked could reopen in August.

Northcroft Social Club, at The Croft, Sudbury, had its club premises certificate withdrawn by Babergh District Council’s licensing sub-committee in May, after a public music night which was advertised online.

Officers visited the club in April to find non-members buying drinks and no policing of entry, having previously spoken to the club about other breaches of its licence.

Club chairman Martin Kibble said: “We are in the process of applying for a new club premises certificate. Babergh officers are helping us with the application.”

He said the enforced closure was damaging, but members were optimistic for the reopening.

“Hopefully it won’t take too long, as each day that passes makes it a bit harder for us to get up and running again,” said Mr Kibble.

“We are looking at up to eight weeks, but we hope to be open for the August bank holiday, as that would coincide with my 50th birthday.”

Since the licensing sub-committee hearing, members have twice called for votes of no confidence in Mr Kibble and the committee, but both calls were unsuccessful.

At the most recent meeting on June 24, members voted 48 to eight in support of Mr Kibble and the committee.

“I’d like to thank all the members for supporting us,” Mr Kibble said.

A council spokeswoman said the club had received advice on licensing laws.

“We understand it is proposing some new controls and rules,” she said.

“This application will be considered on its individual merits.

She said that if representations were made by responsible authorities or the local community during the 28 days consultation period, the matter would again be determined at a licensing hearing.”

The club is holding a meeting for members at 11am on Saturday, July 14, to discuss amendments to the rules.