THE COUNCIL is seeking residents’ views on whether they think the rules on licensing lap dance and strip clubs in the borough should be changed.
Erewash Borough Council‘s licensing department has launched a public consultation via its website, which is asking residents whether they want to adopt new legislation for dealing with applications for such venues.
A recent change in Government legislation, adopted by the council last year, means venues like lap and pole dancing clubs are now classed as ‘sexual entertainment venues’, like sex shops and sex cinemas and they will soon need a licence to operate as such.
Currently these premises only need a licence to sell alcohol and provide music and dancing.
The new legislation will allow residents to have the same powers to say where lap dancing venues and strip clubs are located as they do over sex shops and sex cinemas.
Chairman of licensing and public protection committee at Eerwash Borough Council Cllr Vera Tumanow explained: “The council wants to apply the same level of control to sexual entertainment venues as it does to sex shops and sex cinemas and to empower local communities to have a greater say in where venues providing such entertainment are located.
“Under existing legislation any concerns local residents might have regarding venues providing adult entertainment, such as lap dancing or striptease, cannot always be considered by licensing authorities.
“Under the new regime, local people will be able to oppose the location of a sexual entertainment venue in their neighbourhood if they believe it is out of character with the area or does not fit in with the use of other premises in the vicinity.
“In addition the council will be able to set a limit on the number of venues that they consider appropriate for a particular locality.
Residents will have until 4.30pm on Monday February 14 to respond to the consultation, which can be found by following the links at www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk.
There is also a copy of the draft policy available to download and one is available to view at the Town Hall in Derby Road in Long Eaton.