Lap dance club plan defeated
01 October 2009
JUBILANT campaigners were celebrating victory this week as plans to open a late-night lap dancing club in Crouch End were thrown out by the councillors.

After months of bitter opposition the Lap Off! group campaigners breathed a sign of relief as Haringey Council told Music Palace’s owners the venue could not host “table or lap dancing”, including topless or nude “table side dances”, in Tottenham Lane.

The historic decision came after a tense 90-minute wait as nine councillors on the licensing committee deliberated at the Civic Centre, Wood Gree, last Friday.

Carol Horne, 33, Lap Off! spokeswoman, who lives in Dickenson Road, Crouch End, said: “We were just so, so pleased that they stood up and did the right thing. It has been such a long campaign and we’re just really pleased and relieved it’s over.”

But Music Palace was granted extended opening hours from 11am-2am Monday to Saturday – two hours later than its previous midnight close time – and from 11am-11pm on Sunday.

Live music can be played to 11pm and recorded music to 1.30am.

Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for enforcement and safer communities, said: “As far as lap dancing is concerned, this decision will be welcomed by local residents.

“It would have been inappropriate to have this type of activity at a club so close to people’s home and a primary school.”

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, who backed campaigners, said: “It’s been inspirational to see local residents come together and fight the proposal tooth and nail, and what a result we got in the end!

“This was simply the wrong place for a lap dancing club – and should the Music Palace come back with a new application, we’ll be prepared!”

Music Palace applicant, mum-of-three Serdal Ziya, refused to comment on any aspect of the case, including whether she would appeal.

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