York & North Yorkshire

Scarborough lap-dancing club licence application refused

An application to open a lap-dancing club in Scarborough has been refused by the council.

The proposed venue would have been located above a bar in the town centre.

The licensing committee refused the application on the grounds "that the layout and character of the premises was inappropriate for the activity for which the licence was being sought".

The club would have been the only licensed sex establishment in the North Yorkshire holiday resort.

The applicant has 21 days to lodge an appeal.

The council received almost 100 objections, including a petition claiming the club would lead to "an increase in anti-social incidents".

However, in a statement the council said; "Most of the representations against the application from the members of the public did not demonstrate any grounds for refusal, so it is important to note these were not taken into account when the committee made its decision."

A previous lap-dancing venue closed in 2008 and was converted into a bar.

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