Proposals to bring pole-dancing, striptease, lap dancing and burlesque nights to Stowmarket nightclub Carbon

A new licence has been approved for the Stowmarket nightclub, Carbon

A new licence has been approved for the Stowmarket nightclub, Carbon - Credit: Archant

A mid Suffolk nightclub is planning to put on lap dancing and striptease, it can be revealed.

Carbon Nightclub, part of the Maltings Entertainment Complex in Stowmarket, has applied to Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) for a new premises licence.

As part of the application it has included proposals for “pole-dancing, striptease, lap dancing or burlesque nights”.

Robert Perry is owner of the club. When asked if there was demand for this entertainment, he said: “Definitely, it’s good to stay fresh there’s definitely a demand for it, 100%, it will be once a month at most.”

He said the club had worked “very closely” with Suffolk Constabulary and the council to prepare the proposed licence.


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A MSDC licensing committee meeting was called to examine the plans after residents spoke out against it over noise complaints.

Concerns centre on the noise made when customers leave the club and congregate around a burger van, according to council papers. The noise is said to be affecting residents’ sleeping patterns to around 4am at weekends.

Barry Humphreys, a district and town councillor, is representing nearby Pickerel Court residents. He said: “Venues such as the Malting Entertainment Complex provide entertainment and employment opportunities for the town’s residents and are important for the development of town’s night time economy.

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“As a councillor I have been approached by a small number of local residents who have raised personal concerns about the perceived noise levels emanating from the venue.

“I’m supportive of their concerns and have made formal comments to MSDC on their behalf. These comments will be available to the licensing committee for deliberation.”

Mr Perry said it had been “proved” that the noise does not come from the club. He added that a MSDC environmental health team was “satisfied” with the venue’s noise levels.

The club is also set to bring back when new customers can enter the establishment – from 3am to 2am for weekends – as part of the proposals.

The MSDC committee will meet on January 26 at 10am.

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