"Witch hunt" claims as Colchester High Street bar shuts

"Witch hunt" claims as Colchester High Street bar shuts

First published in News

A BAR in Colchester’s High Street has closed with its owner blaming a council “witch-hunt”.

Layer Cake opened last August, but almost immediately attracted complaints from the next door George Hotel.

It said loud music in the early hours had angered guests and was affecting business.

Andy Wheeler, who was running Layer Cake, said: “I have been forced to close after an ongoing battle with the council and police since we opened.

“I would like to thank all the people who have helped me."

For more, see Thursday's Gazette

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6:12pm Thu 8 May 14

mirokou says...

nothing to do with your class A drug convictions and other public nuisance matters then . And you call your premises Layer cake, well aren't you the Colchester gangster. You chose your walk of life Mr Wheeler, yet again it's someone else's fault.
nothing to do with your class A drug convictions and other public nuisance matters then . And you call your premises Layer cake, well aren't you the Colchester gangster. You chose your walk of life Mr Wheeler, yet again it's someone else's fault. mirokou
  • Score: 49

7:24pm Thu 8 May 14

HARRY438 says...

That place hasn't had much luck since Mr. Jeffries vacated it?
That place hasn't had much luck since Mr. Jeffries vacated it? HARRY438
  • Score: 5

7:26pm Thu 8 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Just a thought.... why not have all the loud music venues on an industrial area. Party until dawn and it will not effect any residents.
Just a thought.... why not have all the loud music venues on an industrial area. Party until dawn and it will not effect any residents. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 30

8:28pm Thu 8 May 14

donttellanyone says...

Taking bets it will be a charity shop or betting shop.
Taking bets it will be a charity shop or betting shop. donttellanyone
  • Score: 13

8:30pm Thu 8 May 14

The-Pitts says...

You link your business to the third biggest British gangster movie, in our high street next door to one of the best and oldest hotels in the town, you are asking for trouble. I am glad your closed, its a shame Daniel Craig in his other role did not come and finish it off properly, Cue the music Da Da Da Da
You link your business to the third biggest British gangster movie, in our high street next door to one of the best and oldest hotels in the town, you are asking for trouble. I am glad your closed, its a shame Daniel Craig in his other role did not come and finish it off properly, Cue the music Da Da Da Da The-Pitts
  • Score: 29

8:59am Fri 9 May 14

HARRY438 says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
Just a thought.... why not have all the loud music venues on an industrial area. Party until dawn and it will not effect any residents.
The whole point of yahoo's going ape is to compare their 'crazy' party tricks ( look at ME-I'm mad,I am!!) to the passive town centre residents. Out of town wouldn't attract or annoy anyone ,so its boredom central when the whole zoo is acting up.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: Just a thought.... why not have all the loud music venues on an industrial area. Party until dawn and it will not effect any residents.[/p][/quote]The whole point of yahoo's going ape is to compare their 'crazy' party tricks ( look at ME-I'm mad,I am!!) to the passive town centre residents. Out of town wouldn't attract or annoy anyone ,so its boredom central when the whole zoo is acting up. HARRY438
  • Score: -1

9:14am Fri 9 May 14

romantic says...

There have been issues with this place for several years, when it was Roxi as well as now. My understanding is that the George has to leave some rooms empty at the weekend because of it. It does seem strange to have a nightclub right up against the hotel, and good that the council is finally taking these nuisance issues seriously.

The council does not just turn up and decide to take action. They go through a set legal process, which takes time. It angers a lot of people that it takes so long to do anything about noisy neighbours, but the laws about the actions which can be taken are well defined. What he calls an "ongoing battle" would have meant a significant number of letters, probably quite a few visits by the council. They would have suggested ways to reduce the noise - for example, by lifting speakers off the floors, keeping doors and windows shut etc. He will have had several months in which he is well aware that his place is affecting the George, and has not done anything about it. So he is not the victim here! The George is the victim, and they are the ones who should get the sympathy.
There have been issues with this place for several years, when it was Roxi as well as now. My understanding is that the George has to leave some rooms empty at the weekend because of it. It does seem strange to have a nightclub right up against the hotel, and good that the council is finally taking these nuisance issues seriously. The council does not just turn up and decide to take action. They go through a set legal process, which takes time. It angers a lot of people that it takes so long to do anything about noisy neighbours, but the laws about the actions which can be taken are well defined. What he calls an "ongoing battle" would have meant a significant number of letters, probably quite a few visits by the council. They would have suggested ways to reduce the noise - for example, by lifting speakers off the floors, keeping doors and windows shut etc. He will have had several months in which he is well aware that his place is affecting the George, and has not done anything about it. So he is not the victim here! The George is the victim, and they are the ones who should get the sympathy. romantic
  • Score: 24

10:43am Fri 9 May 14

Jon-Vencato says...

I would not be drinking or having a social evening in any place with a name like that:
I would not be drinking or having a social evening in any place with a name like that: Jon-Vencato
  • Score: 20

1:52pm Fri 9 May 14

col34united says...

mirokou wrote:
nothing to do with your class A drug convictions and other public nuisance matters then . And you call your premises Layer cake, well aren't you the Colchester gangster. You chose your walk of life Mr Wheeler, yet again it's someone else's fault.
"Likes" to think he's Colchester gangster.....the mans a weed and an embarrassment.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: nothing to do with your class A drug convictions and other public nuisance matters then . And you call your premises Layer cake, well aren't you the Colchester gangster. You chose your walk of life Mr Wheeler, yet again it's someone else's fault.[/p][/quote]"Likes" to think he's Colchester gangster.....the mans a weed and an embarrassment. col34united
  • Score: 9

9:38pm Fri 9 May 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

Its a known drug den...bye bye!
Its a known drug den...bye bye! Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Fri 9 May 14

rhetoric says...

Above all, the George is an historic inn with hundreds of years of history in the hospitality industry, so it is extremely sad that such a tawdry nightclub type venue was allowed to exist next to it, in the first place.
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When we look at the historic sites and buildings of Colchester, let's not forget that although the George is a commercial concern, it is still part of the story of the Town. How great that it has been freed from the blight at its side, at last.
Above all, the George is an historic inn with hundreds of years of history in the hospitality industry, so it is extremely sad that such a tawdry nightclub type venue was allowed to exist next to it, in the first place. . When we look at the historic sites and buildings of Colchester, let's not forget that although the George is a commercial concern, it is still part of the story of the Town. How great that it has been freed from the blight at its side, at last. rhetoric
  • Score: 7

7:55pm Sun 11 May 14

karen f says...

How is it a witch hunt? It's the Council and the Police doing their jobs and finally coming down on the places that need to adhere properly to the licensing rules. It's your responsibility as the person running the establishment to do this and to have a duty of care to your staff, patrons and neighbours. You didn't so take the consequences that come with your ignorant actions!
How is it a witch hunt? It's the Council and the Police doing their jobs and finally coming down on the places that need to adhere properly to the licensing rules. It's your responsibility as the person running the establishment to do this and to have a duty of care to your staff, patrons and neighbours. You didn't so take the consequences that come with your ignorant actions! karen f
  • Score: 8

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