Hornsey Journal – Over 2000 sign petition

COMMENT – To put this into prospective – the Lap Dancing Association compiled a NATIONAL petition and got just 3000 signatures – we pulled in 1200 physical signatures in just 2 saturdays outside Budgens. A great effort from Crouch End.
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A 2,000-signature petition demanding Haringey Council throws out a bid to open a lap dancing club in Crouch End has been lodged by campaigners.

Members of the Lap Off! group, along with Hornsey MP Lynne Featherstone and Crouch End Councillor David Winskill, handed the document to Haringey Council licensing officers yesterday (Wednesday).

It demands the owners of Music Palace in Tottenham Lane, who hope to win an adult entertainment licence, are turned down.

Lindsay Wright, Lap Off! member, said: “Everybody is against it – people who work here, live here, who have kids who go to school here.

“This has been going on for months now and we want to be able to get the decision we want and get it thrown out once and for all.”

Since February, when Music Palace’s owners announced their intention to transform the former Salvation Army citadel hall from a bar to a gentleman’s club, 2,100 signatures have been collected.

The plan provoked anger from many who claim the venue’s proximity to schools, the YMCA and family homes, makes it unsuitable for saucy entertainment most often enjoyed by businessmen and stag parties.

The petition calls the location “totally unacceptable” and says: “If agreed it will produce unacceptable noise, stimulate a wider range of anti-social behaviour and make women and girls in our community feel less safe.”

Councillor Winskill (Liberal Democrat) reiterated support for campaigners and said: “This totally inappropriate application has really touched a raw nerve among the residents of Haringey.

“Delivering this petition shows the scale of opposition and Crouch End’s determination to fight this off.”

Councillors on Haringey’s licensing committee will consider the application on Thursday, September 10, and campaigners have appealed to the community to attend the meeting at Haringey Civic Centre.

“Our rallying call is for people to come, don’t think I don’t need to go because campaigners have got it all covered and I’m sure it won’t get through,” said Ms Wright. “We need your strength of opposition and support right the way through. Please, please turn up.

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