We have had an update from Lynne Featherstones’ office regarding the current bill going through Parliament (this bill is designed to close the current loophole regarding lap dancing in the same licensing terms as cafes)
The main points of the changes are:
– Sex establishments will be brought into line with the restrictions that are placed on sex shops and sex cinemas – which mean they can use the following criteria to assess the application:
The suitability of the Applicant
Whether the person applying is a “front” person for someone else
The location and situation of the premises in relation to other premises in the area
Whether the number of sex establisments in that locality is equal to, or exceeds the number which the Council considers appropriate for the area. ”
– Local Authorities must opt in to the rules, and only apply if the Council chose to the apply the restrictions
– The rules are retrospective so all establishments must re-apply. The lap-dancing industry is lobbying against this and we will resist attempts to amend the proposals in this way.
This is fantastic news – let’s all hope that the bill is passed in it’s current form.