I concede that last night’s entry was not the most comprehensive I have ever put on the blog – here is a report from the Haringey Independent.
Crouch End lap dancing bid rejected
11:19pm Friday 25th September 2009
A BID for lap dancing and strip shows at a Crouch End club has been rejected by Haringey Council.
Music Palace failed in its bid for permission to turn the Tottenham Lane club into a lap dancing venue, offering £10 strip shows to businessmen.
The licensing committee this evening turned down the bid, saying it was not satisfied club bosses had addressed concerns over having a strip club in a residential area.
However, councillors granted it extended opening hours until 2am, and left the door open for Music Palace by saying it would consider further conditions if they were proposed.
A large cheer went out from the packed public gallery when the decision was announced, and Crouch End residents are leaving satisfied they have fought off the prospect of a lap dancing club near their homes.
And a great post from our facebook site
Carol Horne (London) wrote
RESULT! A dramatic night’s action. The applicant made her case and then the objectors were able to ask questions. Myself, Paul, Adrian and Simon asked questions and legal were really tough on us, not allowing is to make any statements and objecting to mant of our questions. To be honest at this point I thought we’d lost it.
Then the committee asked the applicant questions. My husband Stewart spoke last to sum up all our case. The committee then went away and deliberated for a nail biting 90 minutes before returning. They denied the application to applause from the gallery, saying the evidence they had seen (especially around harm to children and crime) led them to deny the application. People called out “thank you chair” from the public gallery.
Well done to LAP OFF for campaigning non stop since March and thank you to the 2,200 people who signed our petition and came to the hearings. It is heartening to know that ordinary people can make a difference.