Sex shop licence set to get go ahead

A SEX shop looks set to have its licence renewed without a single objection only a year after opening amid a storm of protest.Owner Mark Simpkin says his Naughty but Nice shop in Queen Street, Haverhill, has been so successful in its first year he hopes to open another one in a different town.

A SEX shop looks set to have its licence renewed without a single objection only a year after opening amid a storm of protest.

Owner Mark Simpkin says his Naughty but Nice shop in Queen Street, Haverhill, has been so successful in its first year he hopes to open another one in a different town.

Julie Lynch, senior environmental health officer for St Edmunsbury Borough Council, said the renewal of the sex shop licence had been advertised for objections for a 28-day period – which runs until September 9.

She said so far no objections had been received.


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The environmental health officer said that if no objections were received the licence could be renewed by council staff under delegated powers.

However, it could be considered at the council's next licensing committee at its meeting on October 9.

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A few complaints about complying with the fine details of its licence had been raised when the sex shop first opened but none had been received since, said Ms Lynch.

Mr Simpkin said his first year of business had been "brilliant" and he thanked everyone who had supported him in opening the shop.

"I don't think it has caused any problems at all, if people are interested they come in, if not they just walk past.

"It was a novelty when we first opened and we had kids trying to get in, but we told them to come back with identification."

News of the lack of objections to the shop continuing to trade come a year after angry Haverhill people claimed the shop could lead to an increased rate of teenage pregnancies.

However, some people from the town welcomed the plans and others said the presence of a sex shop gave them no concerns.

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