Wood Green application refused

April 28, 2009

Haringey Council tonight refused permission for the Grand Palace, in Wood Green, to operate Lap and Pole Dancing, ased on 13.7 of the licensing policy, Adult Entertainment in proximity to schools etc.

Two cases to be heard this week

April 27, 2009

As well as Wood Green, there is an application in Exeter (heavily opposed) that is being heard on wedsneday

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POLICE have raised concerns about plans to change a city bar into a lap-dancing club.

As previously revealed in the Echo, the EX4 bar, in Fore Street, wants to transform its top floor into a late-night lap-dancing and pole-dancing club called Eden Lounge.

The bar’s owner has applied to Exeter City Council for a change in its license so it can hold erotic dancing — including private naked shows — and extend its hours until 3am at weekends.

The proposals have prompted concerns from police who said the current control and management of the bar is an issue.

Objections have also been received from local residents, businesses and the nearby Mint Methodist Church, in Fore Street.

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John Bean, alcohol-related crime reduction officer for Devon and Cornwall police, said: “Our representation is mainly based upon crime and disorder issues which we’ve had at the premises.

“There have been a number of problems there recently.

“There are concerns about the premises and we are in close consultation with the owner and manager.”

The Rev Andrew Sails, of the Mint Methodist Church, said the introduction of a lap-dancing club into the area would be a “dangerous and unwelcome” move.

In a letter of objection to the council, he said: “Our concern is that the introduction of lap dancing would tend to attract those who could use it as a cover for criminal aspects of the sex industry — including trafficking.

“It would also increase the risk that girls and women nearby would meet with unwelcome, intimidating and/or offensive attention and even physical attack.”

Mark Honeysett, manager of Walkabout bar in Fore Street, has also objected to the lap dancing application because of noise.

But owner of EX4, Ali Anvari, insisted the club would be well managed with tight security.

He said: “We have had a meeting with the police about the plans. They wanted to see how the place is going to be run.

“We are aware that the police have had some concerns about the bar.

“We had a meeting with the superintendent about our buy-one-get-one-free offer, which they wanted us to stop, which we have now.”

The plans are due to be discussed by the city council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday.

Victory for West Kensington

April 25, 2009

Congratulations to all those involved in their successful campaign

VICTORIOUS campaigners who fought a long-running battle against plans for a lapdancing club are celebrating after the owners withdrew a legal challenge.

Residents near The Crescent bar in West Kensington were dismayed when owner, Passion Nights, applied to turn part of the venue into a strip club, fearing kerb crawlers and prostitutes would be drawn to the area.

An appeal was launched at West London Magistrates’ Court after councillors threw out the plans in November – but was finally withdrawn this week in the face of wide spread opposition.

Patsy Heavey, of Stonor Road, who put together a petition opposing the club, said: “We are relieved and obviously pleased.

“It has definitely affected the people living directly opposite, just by being a late night venue. It’s already causing a disruption and people are being inconvenienced.

“The 200 people who showed up at the licensing hearing showed how much people were willing to go out on a limb about this. It rallied the entire community.”

Safer neighbourhood team co-chair Joe Carlebach, 48, of Vernon Street, said: “Our concern was that a lap dancing club would bring more crime, especially with sex workers and kerb crawlers.

“It’s also right next door to a library where my children go, and I don’t want to have to explain to my four-year-old daughter what a lap dancing club is and why people are hanging around..”

And Lindsey Pitt, 40, of Edith Road, said: “Everyone thinks it’s fantastic. We’ve been campaigning since October last year because we we worried that it would bring crime, prostitution and disorder,” adding: “We wish them every success as a bar.”

Residents have been monitoring anti-social behaviour around the venue for the past six months, and the evidence they collected could well have led to the owners’ change of heart.

Planned changes in legislation are also likely to make it easier for councils to clamp down on lap dancing clubs in the future.

Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush MP Andy Slaughter, who has been fighting alongside the residents, said: “I am delighted by this outcome. I have put a lot of effort into the campaign – asking questions to the Home Secretary, petitioning locally, holding a public meeting and giving evidence at the licensing panel.

“But the main credit must go to the thousands of individual protesters and the organising committee of residents. This is a textbook case of how to fight and beat commercial interests intent on destroying a local neighbourhood for private gain.”

Sandrine Levéque, of ‘sex object culture’ campaign group Object, said: “Local women and men in West Kensington objected in their thousands to the application and did not want see sexism endorsed on their high street.

“The club’s decision to withdraw reflects the power of collective organising and emphasises the need for new robust licensing laws.”

The Ealing Gazette contacted The Crescent but no one was available to comment.

Wood Green case heard on tuesday night

April 24, 2009

The former ‘Charlie Browns’ opposite the Civic Centre in Wood Green have applied to become Haringey’s 1st lap dncing club (we have so far succesfully dodged that bullet) – it has been turned around in record time and will be heard before the council on tuesday night. We will, of course, let you know what happens…

Online Petition count reaches 800+

April 23, 2009

A fantastic response to our online petition – we are especially grateful to all who left comments – they leave us (and Haringey Council) in no doubt as to what the massive majority of Crouchenders feel about the application. Please keep spreading the word – sign here if you have not already done so.

Keep up the pressure…

April 23, 2009

Yesterday we received the encouraging news that the application hearing has been postponed, and is off the table for the foreseeable future – however, it has bot been withdrawn, and we must still see it as the threat that we did, until we hear confirmation that it has been withdrawn.

Please continue to spread the word, and continue to get people to sign the petition – petitiononline.com/lapoff

Many thanks to all who have done that so far.

Meeting Postponed!

April 22, 2009

Got this email form Haringey Licensing today –

Dear All

We have received notification from the solicitor acting on behalf of the applicants for Music Palace requesting the matter be postponed from the planned hearing on the 14th May 09.

The applicants need time to resolve an issue raised by their landlord, and possibly planning issues.

The matter will not be listed in the near future at the request of the solicitor and they have requested that they contact us at a later date with a view to either requesting the application to be listed or to be withdrawn.

There is no need to attend on the 14th May 09, if the matter is re-listed, rest assure that I will contact all parties to advise of any new dates.

Daliah Barrett
Licensing Manager

BLOG COMMENT : Encouraging news – this does not mean that the fight is over – but watch this space…

Please continue to spread the word about the petition etc as Lap Off! will remain until the application has either been withdrawn or defeated.

Mayor Boris Johnson says “Lap Off!”

April 22, 2009

Not really, but appears to agree that there is a link between the rise of Lap Dancing bars and sexual crime

Mayor unveils new crime strategy A man beating a woman Critics said the mayor’s plans have not been properly evaluated London’s mayor has announced plans to tackle trafficking and raise the number of rape crisis centres as part of plans to curb violence against women. He also pledged better training for police officers and tighter controls over lap dancing clubs. But critics said the mayor’s plans were not properly costed. The mayoral strategy comes on the back of police figures last week which showed rape had risen by 276 offences – up 14.5% – over the last year. ‘Completely unacceptable’ Speaking at the unveiling of ‘Way Forward’, Mr Johnson said the rise was “completely unacceptable”. “I want this city to be safe for everybody,” he said. “It’s a measure of a civilised and liveable city that it should be attractive and safe for women to live in.” The strategy puts prevention at its core and brings together the work of the police, local authorities, NHS and the criminal justice system, he said. But Joanne McCartney, Labour London Assembly member, accused Mr Johnson of “broken promises” on funding four rape centres. She said there was a shortfall of more than £500,000 in the mayor’s November budget to fund the crisis centres. “To be honest it was pretty cheap to suggest that London’s urgent need for more rape crisis provision could be solved by sacking a few press officers,” she said.

A licence to print money?

April 14, 2009

Not any more, it would seem…

A SOUTHAMPTON strip club is calling time on topless dancing in a bid to beat the recession.

Aqua Lounge in Above Bar, formerly known as Poletrixx, is to lose its lap dancers and focus more on events and live entertainment.

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An encouraging devlopment – also nice to know the proposed legislation is already having an effect.

Lynne Featherstone releases new video on YouTube

April 9, 2009