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Lap dancing club ban considered by Portsmouth council

Portsmouth councillors are to consider later whether to stop licensing lap dancing clubs in the city.

The city council began a six-week consultation in March amid concern about the affect of sex entertainment venues on the city.

The city's licensing committee must decide whether to include or amend draft guidelines that say there is no appropriate place for the clubs.

It could mean premises licences are refused when they come up for renewal.

The consultation attracted 3,425 responses - 1,672 of which were from outside the city. The council said 97% of all the respondents were against a total ban on the clubs.

The councillors' decision will give the licensing committee guidance to either stop renewing existing licences, refuse new ones or use stricter guidelines when considering applications.

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