Villagers campaign against sex shop
By Richard SmithVILLAGERS are campaigning to stop a sex emporium being set up on an industrial estate in their ''sleepy hamlet.''Adam and Eve's Emporium was originally earmarked for a location in the centre of Woodbridge's Thoroughfare - but planners advised the businessmen it was not a suitable location.
By Richard Smith
VILLAGERS are campaigning to stop a sex emporium being set up on an industrial estate in their ''sleepy hamlet.''
Adam and Eve's Emporium was originally earmarked for a location in the centre of Woodbridge's Thoroughfare - but planners advised the businessmen it was not a suitable location.
Now they have chosen a unit formerly occupied by a t-shirt company off Border Cot Lane, Wickham Market.
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But residents and companies warned yesterday the adults' only shop with lingerie, adult toys and R18 videos could attract the wrong type of people and devalue the area.
Peter Collins, a partner in Nu-Life Upholstery, said: ''It seems incredible that they want to bring this to a sleepy hamlet and I do not like seeing a lovely village being brought down in value.''
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Mr Collins said people were concerned that the shop was going to be open to customers, signs would advertise the location and it would be near the estate entrance.
''Children will pass on their way to school and this does not seem the right type of place for this,'' he added.
Traders on the small estate claimed Suffolk Coastal District Council had not given enough time for consultation.
But a spokesman said three weeks had been given from September 15 to October 6 for comments - and the public would also have a 28-day period to make further comments if an application was made for a licence.
The parish church will hold a meeting to decide how to react. Claire Fuller, director of Fullers company, said: ''The company and I are not narrow minded at all but my concern is that it will attract the wrong kind of people into our village. The security of our estate comes into question.''
The enterprise is being set up by three partners: Jeremy Ellis, of Campsea Ash, Vic Brand, of Rendlesham and John Mitchell, of New Costessey, near Norwich. They have 3,500 people waiting to join.
Mr Ellis said: ''This is not a sex shop, it's a private club for adult members only and it will be private and confidential.
“It's not going to be on the high street because we do not want people walking off the street.
''We felt an industrial estate would work because our members would feel embarrassed if people could see them coming and going and we don't want to offend other people who would see the club if it was in a shopping street.
''I know there will be some people who will be against such a club, but people should come into the 21st century. There is sex on TV at 9pm. This club will be very strictly controlled.''