Council wants lap dancing clubs to close in a quest to become a family resort
||18th May 2021 |
Thanks to Nick
See article from news.sky.com
Authorities in Blackpool have begun a process they hope will eradicate the town's lap dancing clubs for good in an attempt to make it more family friendly.
There are currently four clubs operating in the resort, but Councillor Adrian Hutton, who
chairs the licensing committee, hopes that will drop to zero in the next few years. Hutton said:
He believes the clubs' popularity is because of stag and hen parties which can have a negative effect on Blackpool's image
as a family destination:
Rather than the council forcing venues to cease trading immediately, it is taking a softly, softly approach. When one
closes or loses its licence under its current owner we will not renew the licence for anybody else who came along.
Toni Mansell, a
stripper for ten years responded:
Those in favour of preserving them argue that their existence has no negative impact on the culture of the city - and, if anything, is good for the local economy.
When the clubs do close, a number of women will inevitably lose their jobs. Sex workers are a very disenfranchised faction of people and appear to be under the chopping block all the time.
Council disgracefully wants to set a council mandated monopoly for one sex shop, and for a ban for new and replacement lap dancing clubs
||14th January 2021 |
See article from lancs.live
Blackpool Council wants to create a monopoly for 1 sex shop to be allowed in the town and also it wants to ban any new lap dancing clubs, presumably on grounds of its view on morality.
Councillors are being asked to approve a new policy which would
permit only one monopoly sex shop, and which would ban new lap dancing clubs.
Four existing clubs would be allowed to continue operating, but once those licences lapse for any reason they would not be renewed. Licensing chiefs say the move
better reflects Blackpool's aim to be a 'family' resort, and its support of the White Ribbon campaign against adult entertainment.
Members of the council's licensing committee are being asked to agree to reduce the number of permitted sex shops from
the current two, down to one.
The policywill go before the council's licensing committee on Tuesday January 19 for consideration.
Council dismisses claims against lap dancing club
July 2020 |
See article from lancs.live
A Blackpool lap dancing club has been allowed to keep its licence after councillors dismissed unsubstantiated allegations against the operator.
The licensee appeared before a meeting of the council's public protection sub-committee after an objection
was received to his application to renew the sexual entertainment venue licence at Sinless on Central Promenade.
The meeting heard allegations had been made against Mr Newton that he had acted inappropriately towards female performers, encouraged
drug taking and allowed under-age drinking and performing. The authority found no evidence to back up the claims.
Chinese skiers whinge about books in a Norwegian library that are banned in China
||7th January 2020 |
article from techdirt.com
Norway Today has reported about the latest attempt by Chinese citizens to censor material in other countries It involves a delegation of more than 40 Chinese cross-country skiers, along with 15 coaches and managers, who are in the Norwegian
municipality of Meråker to train for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics:
The Chinese visitors have whinged about books in the local library that are banned in China. Among the books the delegation wanted removed is one about the Falun Gong movement that
has been banned in China since 1999.
Thankfully the library has refused categorically to remove any books. The library manager said:
We have freedom of speech in Norway so that was completely out of the
question. It's only a small incident, easily overlooked. But if it can happen in a tiny local library in the depths of Norway, just because a few Chinese skiers were training there, it is highly likely to start happening in other places, where more
Chinese citizens are present, and where China has greater economic and political influence.
A licence renewal has been refused for a Blackpool lap dancing club after an unexplained incident with a customer being burned with an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter
|25th July 2019
See article from
A Blackpool lap dancing club has been stripped of its licence following an incident in which a customer was burned during a performance involving an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter.
Blackpool Council's public protection sub-committee refused to
renew the sexual entertainment venue licence for Eden One on Queen Street.
A customer at the lap dancing club complained he had received second degree burns to his torso during a visit to the premises in June.
Councillors viewed CCTV of the
incident during their meeting at the town hall, together with stills from the CCTV, which showed other breaches of licence conditions. The refusal notice sates:
The sub-committee was concerned about the lack of
management oversight and the breach of existing conditions and were not satisfied that the proposed conditions would result in greater compliance in the future. Accordingly, the sub-committee refused the application for renewal of the licence.
The venue has the right to appeal against this decision and the premises may continue to trade pending the outcome of any appeal.
Liberal Democrats come to the defence of Manchester lap dancers harassed by extremists filming sex acts without consent
||26th June 2019 |
Thanks to Nick
See article from
The Liberal Democrats have said Manchester City Council is wrong to welcome undercover video footage from the anti-strip club campaign group Not Buying It .
The party, which has long-believed in legalising sex-work including prostitution, has
warned that if the footage was to leak it could seriously endanger the safety of the workers.
Dancers and strippers involved said they are terrified after the anti-sex work group filmed private strip dances in Manchester-based Victoria's and
Not Buying It claims to have footage of sexual acts being offered and breaches of licensing rules.
Manchester City Council said officials have launched an investigation into the two clubs after the footage from Not Buying
It was presented to them. A spokesperson said: We thank Not Buying It for bringing this matter to our attention.
The United Voices of the World Union (UVW) have compared the covert filming to revenge porn, whilst the pro-sex work Liberal Democrats
criticised the move as a completely inappropriate invasion of privacy. The party's Equalities Spokesperson April Preston said she was appalled that Manchester Council has welcomed the footage and hopes the same level of scrutiny is applied to the strip
club bosses. Describing it as entrapment, Preston added:
Instead of going after workers, Liberal Democrats would legalise sex work and focus on the safety and employment rights of women.
fully support unionisation to ensure the same scrutiny and accountability you would find in any other line of work and will work with anyone to help reinforce this.
Two Manchester lap dancing clubs fall victim to feminists commissioning exposes of private dances
||1st May 2019 |
28th April 2019. See article from manchestereveningnews.co.uk
Two private detectives posed as customers at Manchester lap dancing clubs with view to exposing sexy goings on in private dances. An aggressive feminist campaign called Not Buying It have presented a report of the pair's findings, including video
footage, to Manchester City Council.
The private investigators, spent up to £80 a time on lap dances at Victoria's, at Dantzic Street, and Obsessions, at Whitworth Street West, before recording details of their encounters with the women.
The campaigners claim that what went on at the clubs during the course of the private investigation not only breached the venues' own rules but amounted to sexual contact with punters - behaviour which they claim would breach licensing rules. Other reports add that the campaigners are describing the claimed sexual contact to be 'foreplay'.
Manchester council have now launched their own investigation into the clubs Obsessions and Victoria's.
Update: Revenge porn
1st May 2019. See
article from uvwunion.org.uk
Voices of the World members, including a growing number of strippers, are appalled by the latest tactic of the Women's Equality Party (WEP) in their misguided campaign to abolish strip clubs for the imagined benefit of the women involved. In Sheffield
and Manchester, men hired by the WEP covertly filmed nude and semi-nude dancers in legal strip clubs.
In their self-appointed mission to save dancers, the WEP continues to put women's livelihoods at risk, while ignoring the
explicit wishes of the women involved. As a feminist trade union, UVW is extremely alarmed by this practice. We will be seeking legal remedies for our members, and offer solidarity to all dancers affected by this harmful behaviour.
Filming people undercover, without explicit and direct consent and in clear violation of their right to privacy, is not just immoral -- it is unlawful. Sharing what could amount to revenge porn of naked women, obtained with the
explicit aim to undermine and harm them, constitutes harassment and misuse of private information under UK law.
We demand that the WEP and its collaborators destroy immediately all footage obtained illegally inside clubs and
apologise to the dancers. Dancers have made it clear that they don't need rescuing, They need a dignified workplace where they can earn a living to support themselves and their families.
Women choose to work in strip clubs for the
same reasons people choose a wide variety of jobs: funding university studies, family needs, a disability and a scarcity of other work options. All of them are working because they need to make a living under increasingly difficult conditions 204
extortionate housing costs, inaccessible and inadequate benefits, lack of childcare and falling wages in other industries.
Amnesty International and the World Health Organisation have repeatedly declared that workers in the sex
industry are best served by laws and policies that seek to maintain their employment rights and involve them in meaningful participation in any discussion of law and policy that affects their lives and safety.
We demand that the
WEP cease its campaign of harassment and intimidation against dancers in Sheffield, Manchester and elsewhere. If they want to help women, they should campaign against austerity measures and poverty wages. Reducing women's job options is active harm to
their livelihoods. If they want to help dancers working in clubs, they are welcome to join UVW's unionising efforts, listen to women and support them on their own terms.
Workers are best placed to advocate for their own rights and
safety at work, and dancers across the UK are organising to ensure that protections from harassment, intimidation and exploitation are in place. UVW is currently seeking recognition in a number of clubs in order to represent our workers' collective
Carlisle City Council moralists reject application for a new gentlemen's club in Carlisle
See article from
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, in
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
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.
Stripping the Illusion has been following Wirral's Peachez successful fight against council censorship
September 2018 |
See article from strippingtheillusion.blogspot.com
See also article from wirralleaks.wordpress.com
Now Peachez was operating legally with a SEV Lecense issued from the Council back in October 2017 as there were no indications of any illegality and as followers of the blog know you cannot apply moral judgements on venues. Now the councillors Phil
Davies and Jean Stapleton decided to use planning laws to close the venue by declaring it as unsuitable for the location. So Peachez appealed and the national planning inspectorate had to make a decision on if the club was suitable. And this is where it
gets exciting and has much wider impact. Well the directorate has ruled in far of the club and it said it creates a positive impact on the night time economy.
...Read the full
article from strippingtheillusion.blogspot.com
Moralists carry the day as a Birkenhead night club is refused planning permission to offer table dancing
||20th April 2018 |
See article from liverpoolecho.co.uk
See council moves to belatedly compose a sex entertainment policy from liverpoolecho.co.uk
Peachez lap dancing club has been refused planning permission and deemed totally inappropriate - six months after it is believed to have opened.
The club has planning permission to operate as a nightclub but the council deemed it required planning
permission to operate as a nightclub offering table dancing.
Wirral Council did not offer a particular reason beyond a moral objection to lap dancing and deeming this to be 'inappropriate'.
Councillors heard a moral objection from Josephine
Wood a feminist campaigner from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. Her statement said it was unbelievable the plans were being considered for a development promoting objectification and sexualisation of women for male titillation and 'pleasure'.
The refusal, which is subject to appeal, now means the club will be issued an enforcement notice requiring it to become a nightclub once more.
Manchester council moralists come up with a few old chestnuts to justify refusing a licence for a new table dancing club
||14th March 2014 |
7th March 2014. See
A strip club and lap dancing bar could be destined for Manchester's Northern Quarter if planning permission gets the go-ahead next week. The proposal is for a currently disuded building on the corner of Swan Street and Oldham Street.
Plans for an
all-night gentleman's club , complete with striptease, lap and pole dancing and stage shows, are to be discussed at March 13's Planning and Highways Committee meeting.
However a Manchester City Council report submitted by planning officers
ahead of the meeting have recommended the venue is rejected citing the old moralist chestnut, that it will make the area feel seedier . Council planning officers suggest a number of unevidenced reasons for quashing the plans, including: the effect on promoting the location as a high quality area, the potential adverse effect on adjacent residents, the impact on perceptions and the image of the area to future potential investors, impact on perceptions about crime and disorder, the impact on street level activity particularly during the daytime and the proposal would not provide a useful local service.
Greater Manchester Police said the proposal is generally acceptable , subject to the advice given in their report, which included recommendations to make it safer.
It is also noted that proposed site is to be close to the New
Islington development where there are plans for a new school to be built.
14th March 2013. See
article from manchestereveningnews.co.uk
Plans to turn a historic Northern Quarter building into a lap dancing club have been thrown out by the town hall. The proposal to open on the corner Swan Street and Oldham Street was rejected. No council explanation was included in the
Bolton proposed a policy on nil new table dancing venues in the town centre
|5th December 2013
See article from
proposed policy [pdf] from democracy.bolton.gov.uk
Bolton Council was a little late coming to the anti lap dancing moralist party, but have now proposed a council policy of no new venues in the city centre.
The council looks set to tolerate the existing club though.
The council is now putting
together some sort of consultation asking for contributors to say negative things about lap dancing venues.
|5th May |
Accrington lap dancing club finds that Job Centre wont take job adverts for the club
See article from
The manager of a lap dancing club in Accrington claims she is the victim of political correctness and discrimination after the Jobcentre refused to allow her to advertise for dancers.
Kate Hartley is to launch iCandy in Blackburn Road on
May 31, with the help of 45 new members of staff. But Hartley said she had hit a wall in the recruitment process after being told she could not advertise vacancies for lap dancers, bar staff, waiting on staff and doorman.
contacted by the Lancashire Telegraph, the Jobcentre said its policy was not to advertise for lap dancers, but it was now considering whether the other positions were suitable for display in its branches.
I think the Jobcentre's attitude is absolutely crazy in the current economic climate. The Jobcentre should want to help us employ local people. It's political correctness gone mad. They told me they would not be able to advertise my
jobs as people will be intimidated.
That's discrimination. If people are mature enough to get a job they are mature enough to walk passed an advert they do not wish to apply for.
A Jobcentre spokesman said:
People who are desperately looking for work shouldn't be put in an environment where they're exposed to these types of jobs and could feel under pressure to work in the sex industry.
Update: Opening Night
13th July 2012. See article from
iCandy, will be launched on Friday 13th July 2012 despite opposition from residents and recruitment agencies, a lack of dancers and a
1,500-signature petition against the club.
The manager of the club, Kate Hartley, said: We are aware a lot of people are against us but we are hoping for best.
|17th April |
Lap dancing club obtains planning permission in Accrington
article from bbc.co.uk
A lap dancing club is to open in the Accrington town centre after councillors granted planning permission. The bar had already obtained a Sexual Entertainment licence.
The I Candy club, which is set to open on Blackburn Street will be the first of
its kind in the Lancashire town.
Hundreds of people signed a petition against the club claiming it would have a detrimental impact on the town centre.
Hyndburn Borough Council planning committee approved the application saying: Members
of the planning committee considered the planning application against all representations received as well as relevant development plan and national planning policies.
|30th October |
Nutter clergy line up to have a whinge at Accrington lap dancing bar proposal
See article from
Plans to open Eye Candy lap dancing club have been described as exploitive to women and as bringing the wrong values into Accrington town centre by nutters of the cloth.
Accrington Reverend Kevin Logan described it as bringing the
wrong values into the town. [wrong values like making money and having fun].
The Bishop of Burnley, John Goddard, added that the plans exploit women: These sorts of establishments send the wrong message
about women. I think women are worth more. I think all people are worth more than that.
Reverend John Binks at Accrington's St Johns with St Augustines Church said: These plans do make me uncomfortable. I don't think women should be
exploited and I don't think men should be encouraged to exploit them. I think men are the weaker sex in these situations and are led into treating women as sex objects.
The proposals to open Eye Candy lap dancing bar has been granted a Sexual
Entertainment Venue licence, but has yet to be granted an alcohol licence or planning permission.
|28th October |
Blackpool looks set to impose a limit of 4 lap dancing venues
18th October 2011. From blackpoolgazette.co.uk
Blackpool council's licensing committee look set to rule up to 4 lap-dancing clubs will be allowed to operate in Blackpool in future.
When the policy was first put together 6 months ago, the then ruling Conservatives suggested the number of
lap-dancing and striptease clubs be limited to 2.
But under the new Labour administration, it is being recommended up to 4 are allowed. However each application will be considered on its own merit, meaning other licences could still be allowed.
Councillor Norman Hardy, chairman of Blackpool Council's public protection sub-committee, said:
I feel if you are going to have a certain number, then you have to have a reasonable number.
You aren't going to be able to ban them, they will just go underground.
I believe it's better to have these clubs properly licensed and controlled rather than going underground and operating under their own
There are currently 5 clubs with lap dancing operating in Blackpool
Blackpool's 'public protection' sub-committee will consider the new policy on Thursday October 20.
Update: Limited Fun in
28th October 2011. From blackpoolgazette.co.uk
Proposals to allow up to four lap-dancing clubs to operate in Blackpool have been agreed, but venues will have to comply with miserable rules. Nudity will continue to be banned
while customers must sit down throughout performances and will be forbidden from touching dancers. Clubs will have to adhere to a total of 47 licensing conditions which also include strict controls on publicising premises.
Maoist sounding 'public protection' sub-committee agreed a new policy covering sex entertainment venues which will come into force from May next year.
Previously a limit of 2 clubs was proposed but the new Labour administration recommended up to
four are allowed. However each application will be considered on its own merit, meaning other licences could still be allowed. There are currently seven lap-dancing clubs operating in Blackpool.
Councillor Paul Galley claimed the move would be
damaging to Blackpool's reputation as a family resort: I think this would send out the wrong message - that Blackpool is becoming sleazy.
But Councillor Chris Maughan said as long as venues were discreet and complied with the rules, he
believed they should be allowed: In Blackpool these venues are going to be highly regulated. If we do the right thing as a council and have the legislation in place, I don't think it will be detrimental to Blackpool at all.
licensing and health and safety manager at Blackpool Council, said existing lap-dancing clubs were generally well run in the town: They suffer a lot less anti-social behaviour and a lot less crime. There is a lot more sit down drinking and the
violence, crime and other issues associated with town centre premises don't appear in these premises.
Sounds like the best thing about Blackpool will continue to be its fish and chips.
|29th November |
Macclesfield councillors spout bollox about lap dancing club
A Macclesfield nightclub wants to bring lap dancing to the town centre for the first time.
Repent on Mill Street, a former church mission and Quaker meeting house dating back more than 100 years, wants to open the new members-only club by
Objectors have until December 9 to lodge any concerns with Cheshire East Council. None had been received so far.
Co-owner Laura Hatton-Garside, who with husband Roy submitted the application for a change of licence on November
10, said on Tuesday, (November 24): This venture will be a members-only club and because of its location the inside of the club will not be visible to the public. The two sections of the club, which has a licence to stay open until 4am, will be
separated from each other.
Macclesfield town councillor David Neilson said: Considering the history of the building, which used to be a Quaker meeting house and the town mission, I think it's an inappropriate use. I think many people would be
very, very distressed to see it become this. Call me old-fashioned but that is not the place for it.
Town centre colleague, Coun Stephen Broadhurst, fears mixing alcohol and lap dancing could be a recipe for disaster . I think it's
got to be very carefully run and disciplined. I'm not sure whether it fits in in Macclesfield. On the other hand, if there's a demand for it then there's a supply for it.
And Inspector Gareth Woods, head of Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing
Team, said: As long as any premises are properly run, I haven't got any concerns. Historically, lap dancing premises present very few problems. Whether it is appropriate isn't for me to answer.
A Cheshire East spokesman confirmed
consultation would end on December 9 and said the licence change might need to go before a CEC licensing committee if objections were lodged.
Update: 450 Responses
1st January 2010. See
article from macclesfield-express.co.uk
A council spokeswoman said only those directly affected by noise pollution, activity and disturbance are qualified to object.
She said: We have had 450 responses approximately, however, we are bound by the council and the secretary
of state that we can only take on board those comments from those people within the vicinity.
The Licensing Committee will meet to make its decision at the Macclesfield town hall at 10am on Thursday, January 7.
Update: Imposing Morality
10th January 2010. See
article from macclesfield-express.co.uk
Cheshire East Council refused to give the owners Roy and Laura Hatton-Garside permission to turn the Mill Street premises into an adult venue during a Licensing Committee meeting on January 7th.
After more than three hours of deliberation,
the Licensing Committee agreed that the application has supposedly failed to meet the four requirements under the 2003 Licensing Act.
|29th January |
Fish and chips capital gets image conscious
Based on an article from Blackpool Gazette see
Blackpool's Young People's Council were angry that an adult entertainment venue was set to launch in the basement of the Clifton Hotel, which is currently being revamped.
But now the owners of the historic building, which is being transformed
into bars and a nightclub, have decided to ditch the plan for a lap-dancing attraction.
Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for regeneration and tourism on Blackpool Council, said: I'm delighted with this outcome because this is the message
we're wanting to send out that Blackpool is changing. We're changing our profile and want to change the profile of our visitors.
Gary Hunt, chief operating officer at the Barnsley-based Brook Group, which owns
the Clifton, said the
company wanted to work with Blackpool to boost its image.
He said: As part of the ongoing discussions with the senior council officials, we have considered our proposals to open a lap dancing bar within a basement area to the rear of the
Although planning and licensing has been approved, the council have highlighted that their vision for Blackpool was to try to improve its image and in line with this they didn't believe that the lap-dancing proposal was ideal for
such a grand scheme.
We've therefore considered their views and eventually taken the decision to surrender the lap-dancing consent to try to assist with the council's vision. The regeneration of Blackpool as a whole is a very important
factor for us and our aim is to try to assist as much as possible.
|26th January |
Fish and chips capital looks down at lap dancing
Why has Britain become so mean minded that a little bit of sexual contact is such a big deal?
Based on an article from
A blackpool lap-dancing club could be shut down amid exaggerated allegations of live sex shows being performed.
Wildcats, in Clifton Street, is set to be questioned by the council on February 4 after being accused of breaching its licence by
allowing contact between customers and dancers.
CCTV images from the club, formerly known as Too Hot To Handle, show two female dancers performing a sexy show watched by two men.
Wildcats is alleged to have broken the terms of its licence
by offering lap-dancing without CCTV cameras covering the main performance areas. Entertainment is said to have taken place in private booths, where physical contact was observed between performers and customers.
The club is also alleged to have
breached its licence by allowing an offensive billboard sign, advertising the premises, to be paraded through the town centre.
Among the penalties the club could face is the possibility of having its licence revoked or suspended.
Blackpool Council's licensing committee voted in favour of repressive new restrictions on the number of adult entertainment venues allowed to open in the town centre and the Promenade.
It means in future, new lap-dancing clubs will be banned unless they can prove they will not harm the family-orientated tourist trade.
Council leader Coun Peter Callow said he was determined to sweep away sleaze and restore Blackpool's
family image [as a continuous strip of fish and chip shops!].
This new policy on new lap dancing and striptease clubs has been passed by Blackpool Council with all party support. The
policy, which was introduced by nutter council leader Peter Callow and seems to dubiously put morality above the law of the land.