Gloucestershire

Stroud council consultation on sex club licence policy

A council in a Gloucestershire town is asking people how it should deal with new applications for licences for lap dancing and pole dancing clubs.

Stroud District Council said a recent change to legislation meant such venues would now need a Sex Establishment Licence.

At the moment these sorts of premises only need a licence to sell alcohol and provide music and dancing.

The council said new legislation would allow for objections on wider grounds.

'Public nuisance'

Stroud District councillor Joe Forbes said: "Currently residents can only object to applications for lap dancing and pole dancing clubs on the basis of crime and disorder, public nuisance, public safety and harm to children.

"Under the new legislation residents can object to applications on much wider grounds.

"For example a venue can be considered to be unsuitable due to the character of the local area or the use of other premises in the vicinity like a school or church.

"Our district does not currently have any lap dancing, pole dancing or similar type of venue, however it is important that we have a robust policy in place that reflects the views of residents should any applications be made in the future."

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