Carlisle Council has rejected an application to open a new gentleman's club to be named PC Lounge. The plans had been tabled by nightclub owner Lee Weatherley who wanted to open the club on the site of the Rewind Bar and Grill, previously Mint,
But licensing bosses refused to grant a licence for a sexual entertainment venue following objections from businesses including the Ibis hotel, the Vue cinema and the Hebron Evangelical Church. The council also received 16 objections from
Barrister Leo Charalambides QC spekaing for the venue noted:
I'm surprised to see a representation from a cinema given that when I go into a cinema lobby I'm as likely to see an advert for Fifty Shades of Grey which promotes sadomasochistic violence against partners, it encourages restraint. I may also
see posters that encourage affairs, infidelity, guns, violence drug-taking and other forms of behaviour.
Speaking of the Rouge Culb on teh same street, Councillor John Bell, chairman of the regulatory panel, said:
The panel considers that another sex establishment would exceed what the panel considers appropriate for the locality.
The granting of the licence would be inappropriate having regard to the character of the area, namely the proximity of a place of worship, residential premises, an hotel and a cinema.