About Lap Off!
Lap Off! is a campaign led by residents of Crouch End and surrounding areas to stop an application by the owners of the Music Palace to become a Lap Dancing bar, open until 2AM six days a week. The Music Palace have enlisted the help of a top West End lawyer to push this outrageous and idiotic proposal through. Councils are to some extent hamstrung by the current law, which refuses to classify lap dancing bars as ‘Sex encounter’ clubs – making it easy for some clubs to get a license. However, Haringey Council has a robust ‘Statement of Licensing Policy’ – you can find this on the Council’ website – providing them with ample scope to turn it down if they choose to – they say they will take into consideration a venue’s proximity to schools, places of worship, residential accommodation, community centres and youth clubs when considering a licence application – and this application is close to all of these.
The statement also concedes that ‘the carrying on of [adult entertainent] activities can provide the opportunity for prostitution, pimping, and other offences of a sexual nature’, something both the owners and their solicitor have dismissed as unfounded – they say these clubs are actually safer than regular nightclubs! – but Haringey Council appears to be in no doubt about the connection.
Lap Off! will last as long as it needs to.
About the Blog
The purpose of the blog is to keep people up to date with the campaign, and provide a serious and not so serious insight into the world of ‘Sex Encounter’ clubs. It does not necessarily represent the views of every member of Lap Off!