Cafe and ‘dogging’ lay-by set for closure

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THE lay-by and Hog’s Back Cafe on the A31 between Guildford and Farnham could be shut down after councillors agreed that ‘dogging’ activities at a public sex site next to them were taking place too close to Puttenham School and village.

At a specially-convened meeting on Thursday in Marwick Hall in Puttenham, all eight members of the county council’s Safer and Stronger Communities Select Committee who were present voted in favour of the closure.

Teachers, police officers and the Hog’s Back Café owner were among those grilled by members on the question of whether to close the lay-by, which would effectively cut off access for users of the dogging hotspot.

Nilesh Thackor, owner and tenant of the café, said that shutting it would mean the loss of four full-time and two part-time staff members.

He said: “I would like to ask these people, in this time of recession, where my staff, with families, are expected to find jobs?”

Tony Rooth, leader of Guildford Borough Council and also a county councillor, said that renewing the lease may give the site another 10 years to “further develop its sexual potential”..