A decision over a Barmouth sex shop licence has been delayed.
Owners of the sho Eva Amour applied for a licence but have had to wait a year until the council adopted the necessary powers to grant a licence.
The business was based in Wrexham and
moved to Barmouth last year. The owners invested £30,000 to refit the former butcher's shop in St Anne's Square, High Street and applied for the licence in January 2021. Co-director David Powley said:
It provoked some
reaction from the local community who thought we were going to be like that 1970s, 1980s seedy sort of place not the upmarket venture Eva Amour is.
But we have won over hearts and minds in Barmouth. Since we've moved and opened up
the shop, we've had nothing but support.
The shop began trading without a licence in November. In December the council adopted its new discretionary powers.
The original application met with ludicrous objections such as fears
of an increase sex tourism and attracting the wrong type of visitors. Now the owners are contending that as the shop has been open with such fears being borne out, then the old objections should be discarded with the application starting afresh. A
Gwynedd Council spokesperson said:
Following comments submitted by the applicant, the Council's General Licensing Sub-Committee hearing regarding this application has been delayed for the time being.