New Ipswich gaming bar worries police and health officials


7:30 a.m. on November 2, 2021

Plans to open an adventure bar in Ipswich’s Buttermarket are being discussed at a council meeting next week, after police and health officials raised concerns for security reasons.

The owners of Boom: Battle Bar have applied for a license to operate in the former Coast 2 Coast restaurant.

They apply for a license to sell alcohol and play music seven days a week, while providing customers with “competitive socializing” where they can play golf, shuffleboard, AR darts, ax throwing. , crazier billiards and table tennis.

But although the company already operates two sites in the UK – in Norwich and Cardiff – two authorities opposed the license, saying the approval “would negatively carry licensing goals” including crime and disturbance prevention. and the protection of children from harm.

In a document submitted to the Licensing Department of Ipswich Borough Council, Sharon Betts-Palmer, Licensing Officer, wrote: “Suffolk Police are concerned about the use of weapons, namely axes, metal golf clubs … served and where kids are present.

Public Health Suffolk raised similar concerns, citing rates of alcohol-related emergency department attendance and hospital admissions in the borough in which the bar is to be located.

These would be much higher than the comparable averages for Ipswich as a whole, Suffolk and England, “which means that the local population is already negatively affected by the harms of alcohol”.

But Allan Cook, the supervisor of the premises specified for Boom: Battle Bar, made it clear in the license application that “none of the games offered involve the consumption of alcohol as part of the activity, no alcohol is involved. is allowed inside the activity area and we do not allow customers to consume alcohol in our room prior to these high risk activities ”.

Boom Bar plans to invest more than £ 1million in the Buttermarket site, with around 50 jobs created through the opening of the outlet.

The licensing and regulatory subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Monday, November 8 to make a decision.


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