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Stephen Williams MP Celebrates Victory For The Eastville Club

2.19.00pm GMT Mon 26th Nov 2007


Stephen Williams MP has welcomed news that plans to evict Eastville Club from their premises, in the car park of furniture store Ikea, have been abandoned.

A month ago, Ikea advised the popular local club that it would not renew the lease for the building, so it could be replaced with extra parking spaces.

However, following talks between the Eastville Club, Ikea, and the City Council's planning officers, the retail giant has agreed to allow the club to remain at the site on a rolling lease.

In a letter to Ikea, Stephen Williams MP wrote:

"I am disappointed to hear that you wish to take possession of the premises… I would wish to make clear that, should you continue with your plan to evict the Club, I would object to any application of planning permission, making the premises effectively useless to you."

On hearing the news that Ikea had backed down, Stephen Williams MP commented:

"I am delighted with the news that all parties have come to an agreement to ensure the long-term future for the club. It is excellent to see that the local community has been able to stand up to such a big corporation."

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