Lap Dancing in Sheffield

 The usual nutter protests

  Just Like the Church of England Then!...

Church nutter spouts that: 'strip clubs undermine women in society by presenting them, in an unequal way'

Link Here 16th February 2013  full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests

sheffield cathedral Sheffield Cathedral has joined a protest against a proposed lap dancing venue in the city centre.

An objection has been lodged in response to an application to convert The Steelhouse bar and club at the corner of Holly Street and West Street, into premises called Wildcats.

Sheffield Council was informed by representatives of Leeds-based Harjen Ltd that it would not be a private members' club or a traditional nightclub with dance floors and loud music, but a bar with a stage for dancing girls doing a striptease show. There would also be private booths form individual customers. Access would be on a discriminatory basis restricted to people aged over 21.

The Cathedral's protests comes from The Rev Canon Dr Joanne Grenfell, who is Dean of Women's Ministry. She spouts:

Strip clubs undermine women in society by presenting them, in an unequal way, as objects for sexual gratification, and they do not promote healthy committed relationships for men or women and indeed promote casual encounters.

Presumably her god has magically granted her expertise in local planning and economics. She claims, without offering a scrap of evidence or justification:

Already there are similar venues in Sheffield and it is impossible to se why more should be needed.

Such a place might deter investment in other entertainment venues in West Street, which would be detrimental to both the economy and to the community's overall enjoyment of that area.

The local newspaper printed a few more examples of unsubstantiated nonsense from local residents, while the applicants point out that noise levels would be lower than those generated by a typical nightclub.

Update: Playing brainstorming objections to lap dancing, anything will do, even if totally daft

16th February 2013. See  article from

A nutter group which represents some residents in Sheffield city centre has joined protests against a proposed lap dancing venue. The club - called Wildcats - would be set up in the former Steelhouse bar on the corner of West Street and Carver Lane.

Peter Sephton, of the Sheffield City Centre Residents' Action Group, said members had drawn up a list of objections and submitted them to the council.

  • Women in these clubs are self-employed and pay rent to work. This leads to intense competition between performers to gain the attention of male customers.
  • These establishments are sexually exploiting women for profit. Is this what we want in Sheffield, which has long stood up for equality of the sexes and people in general and against exploitation of any kind?
  • It is close to one of Sheffield's major tourist venues -- the City Hall -- and adjacent to a tram stop. This gives the wrong impression to city visitors.
  • The business also opens its doors in the middle of a very residential area, and over 150 properties are situated within a few feet of the club. West Street is already turning into Wild West Street for alcohol consumption.
  • Concerns about an Amsterdam-style sex industry developing


  Capless dancing...

Sheffield Council decides not to cap the number of lap dancing and swingers clubs in the city

Link Here 24th November 2017  full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
sheffield city council logoSheffield city councillors have voted not to cap the number of sex venues within the city, rejecting proposals to set the limit at two.

\Sheffield is currently home to two sexual entertainment venues: the Spearmint Rhino lap dancing club, in the city centre; and the La Chambre swingers club in Attercliffe.

Plans to set that number as the limit, preventing any more from opening, were dropped following public consultation on the council's sex establishment policy.

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh was among those who had supported a ban on further vanues, as she claimed had been adopted by 10 other local authorities across the country whinged:

This is not only disappointing because of the lack of joined-up thinking it demonstrates, but also because of the current climate wherein sexual harassment and the entrenchment of inequality between men and women is so prevalent.

Liberal Democrat councillors had previously labelled the council prudish and anti-business for proposing to limit the number of sex clubs. A council report had warned limiting employment in lap dancing clubs could lead women to seek work in less-regulated high-risk erotic dance environments. It also stated the council was not permitted to take a moral stance on strip clubs. Councillor Paszek said:

We have developed a policy that is fit for purpose and allows any sex establishment operating in Sheffield to be properly administered and regulated to maintain the high management standards, the safety and safeguarding of staff, performers, patrons and members of the public, as well as ensuring these premises are located appropriately and in accordance with the legislation.

The council received 130 responses to the consultation, which it said included a range of opinions.

The council's new policy states that sex clubs, shops and cinemas are not appropriate in certain locations, including near schools, parks and places of worship, or in the city's cultural hub, which incorporates the Millennium Gallery and theatres.


  Morality vs democracy...

Sheffield Council faces legal harassment of its policy on lap dancing limits

Link Here 6th March 2018  full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
spearmint rhino sheffieldAn anonymous Sheffield feminist is taking the council to court after they said their should be no limit on the number of sexual entertainment venues in the city.

A woman using the fake name of Irene Gladdison has raised nearly 5,000 in order to launch her legal challenge to over turn the policy.

A draft council report published in December 2016 said there would be a a limit of two strip clubs in Sheffield. Sheffield currently has Spearmint Rhino in the city centre and La Chambre swingers club in Attercliffe. It is a bit confusing as only Spearmint Rhino can be considered a strip club. So it is a bit confusing as to whether the limit is based on number of licenses or number of strp clibs.

Anyway after further consultation the two-club limit was deleted.

'Gladdison' said:

I'm a 54 year old grandmother, with five grandchildren. A lifelong feminist and a proud Sheffielder. I refuse to be cowed by the city council and allow them to 'OK' the sexual objectification of our girls. Because we will never have an end to the 'President's Club' attitudes when men can buy women as sexual entertainment at strip clubs.

'Gladdison' is backed by campaign group Not Buying It. She is being represented by lawyer Louise Whitfield who claimed:

The law is very clear that if a particular issue is highly relevant for gender equality, a public body must look very carefully at any negative impact on women.

Unfortunately, the council has taken a very narrow approach and only considered extremely limited evidence about the adverse effect these clubs have on women performers. We hope that as before, the council will recognise their errors and agree to think again. If not, my client has no choice but to pursue her legal challenge.


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