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Lap Dancing in Scotland

Lap dancing outside of Edinbugh and Glasgow


Offsite Article: Edinburgh records negligible public complaints about lap dancing but tries to ban them anyway...

Link Here21st May 2023
Edinburgh council had tried to impose an effective ban on strip clubs before a judge intervened and industry bodies have warned other cities against trying something similar

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In Seventh Heaven...

Glasgow bans new lap dancing licences but allows current venues to continue

Link Here16th September 2022
Glasgow City Council has decided to ban new lap dancing venues but has decided to allow current clubs to continue trading.

So Glasgow's three existing  lap dancing venues were given licences this week. Seventh Heaven, Diamond Dolls and Platinum Lace were granted three-year sexual entertainment venue (SEVs) licences by the city council.

Poverty creation campaigners were less than impressed. The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership had called for the applications to be rejected. Kristi Hay, from the Partnership, said this decisions will afford Glasgow the opportunity to become the sex capital, adding: A city for stags, sex tourism and sex entertainment.



Watered down...

Aberdeen council closes Aberdeen lap dancing club after accusations of watered down drinks

Link Here6th July 2019
Aberdeen city council has revoked the licence for The Mask lap dancing club after a request from Police Scotland. The police claimed that staff were watering down drinks and overcharging customers for intimate shows.

Apart from the overcharging and diluted drinks allegations, police were also concerned that the club was breaching licensing conditions by having no personal licence holder present after 1am and no one able to operate the CCTV system.


22nd January

Update: Squashed...

Lap dancing plans for Mangos in Dundee rejected

A bid for a new lap dancing club in central Dundee has been thrown out by councillors over bollox fears it could increase crime in the area.

The application, by Stars Sports Bar, run by Jimmy Marr, wanted to change the use of Mangos Nightclub in the Seagate into a lap dancing venue.

Katherine Sharp of the nutter group Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership voiced her strong opposition to the undesirable development. She ludicrously claimed that the move would result in an over-provision of adult entertainment venues in the city and could create a problem with prostitution in the surrounding area. She said:

Lap dancing is harmful to the women involved. They are often verbally abused by men and propositioned for sex. Support of this application would be contrary to the council's duty to protect women and goes against its equality policy as it would support one gender over another.

The ready stock of alcohol at these clubs can make it very unsafe for women. Afterwards many men use public transport and cause problems to women on their way home.

Sharp also claimed that 'research' from other anti-commercial sex groups had shown crime, or fear of crime, increases in areas in which lap dancing clubs exist.

The council's director of city development, Mike Galloway, warned the committee that although a number of moral issues had been raised it was the duty of members to make a decision based only on planning considerations. He said the fear of increased crime, as mentioned by Ms Sharp, could be taken into account as this was not a moral issue but material consideration.

Maryfield councillor Ken Lynn moved to refuse the application on moral grounds anyway, saying that he viewed the plans with genuine distaste. He was seconded by Richard McCready, who again cited morality reasons: We have to consider the vision for our city centre and ask is this something that we want?

All councillors agreed to the motion that went against the recommendation made to them by city planners.


7th February

Update: Millionayr Stitched Up...

Ayr bans lap dancing without justification

Ayr Council chiefs stand accused of giving false information.

For Ayr businessman Forbes Robertson says they supplied him with an apparently bogus reason for turning down his lap dancing plan.

Robertson said: I've applied five times to the licensing board to have adult entertainment added to my entertainment licence for the Millionayr Casino in Ayr.

Each time I was turned down I was told the board was ‘awaiting guidelines' from the Scottish Government.

But now I have a letter from Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill saying the government has NO plans to produce new guidelines for adult entertainment.

And South Ayrshire Licensing Board has all along had the power to decide my application.

Robertson blasted: I feel misled by the board, and to add insult to injury, they won't even let me apply again.

Robertson's frustration at being constantly turned down led him to seek guidance from John Scott MSP. Scott was told in a letter from McAskill: The Scottish Government's position remains that it is for each local authority's licensing body to decide whether they wish adult entertainment to take place.

But Robertson has been consistently told by the licensing board that it was awaiting guidelines.

Robertson said: It appears they were just using that as an excuse.


13th April

Update: Million Dollar Decision...

About pole dancing at Millionayr in Ayr

Plans to open a pole dancing club in Ayr are set to go before council planners for the fourth time.

Businessman Forbes Robertson wants to offer the adult entertainment at his Millionayr club in River Street.

His plans have already been knocked back by council's licensing board twice before in July last year and January this year. And the entrepreneur withdrew his application from another meeting because he felt he wouldn't get a fair hearing.

Robertson wants to stage one off cabaret events with food, casino games and pole and burlesque dancers. I'm trying to offer something a bit different in the town, maybe its not everybody cup of tea but then they don't need to go.

Last time board chairman Douglas Campbell told him the application fell short of council guidelines. And the final say will rest with councillors on Thursday April 17.


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