CHESTER has become a lap dancing free zone

CHESTER  has become a lap dancing free zone

Chester is now a lap dancing free zone after it was revealed yesterday evening that an application to renew the sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence for the Platinum Lounge on Bridge Street Rows has been refused.

 It was deemed that the location of the business, on the historic Rows and close to residential properties, was inappropriate for a strip club. 

Despite the fact  that dancers have given evidence at the hearing that the job has provided them with confidence and financial support to graduate from university and pursue their  dream career, their voice has gone unnoticed.

It is not yet known if the applicant, Bridgerow Ltd, will seek another judicial review.

Vanity Bar in Soho has now officially opened doors

Vanity Bar (Carlisle St, Soho, next to the Nellie Dean of Soho pub) has now officially opened its doors for new and regular clients on the 26th of July. Get contact and adress info on Vanity here:

The bar’s working hours are from Monday to Wednesday 5pm-3am; Thurs-Friday 1pm to 3am; entrance is free before 8pm, £5 before 10pm and £10 after 10pm. The council will not allow jug collections so there will be no stage dancing at present, free stage dancing is being considered for the future. Private dances start at £10, and buy 1 drink and get 1 free before 8pm. There will be a web site in about 2 weeks time.

Exeter strip club, Eden Lounge has lost its license due to a “no locality” policy

Exeter no longer has a strip club after a city venue lost its licence against a barrage of objections.

Eden Lounge, situated above EX4 nightclub on Fore Street, applied to Exeter City Council to renew its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence .

 But at a meeting on July 21 members of the licensing committee voted against granting the warrant for the lap dance club because of it’s ‘unsuitability’ in the vicinity of an ‘active’ Methodist Church and for “fears of attacks and abuse against women”.

Representatives for the venue said it had previously operated without complaint, and added there was “no evidence” to show it had a negative impact on the character of the city centre.

They presented a petition in support of the licence signed by 400 women.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it had “no concerns” about the running of Eden Lounge and that “no instances” of sexual assault or abuse had been directly linked to the club.

Nevertheless, the council’s assistant director of environment  Robert Norley, said that according to a policy adopted in July 2013 there was “no locality” in Exeter where it would be appropriate to licence such a sex establishment.

Consequently, he said the appropriate number of these venues in the city was “nil”.

Secrets loses VAT appeal on voucher commission

The Upper Tribunal (UT) has dismissed an appeal by a group of lap dancing clubs concerning the VAT treatment of face-value vouchers used by customers at the venue as an alternative to cash for payments for services.

 The Secrets’ clubs had sought to argue that the vouchers constituted ‘any security for money’ within Item 1 Group 5 Schedule 9 to VATA 1994,  and that the commission they charged on the redemption of the vouchers represented services of dealing with security for money and was therefore not liable for VAT.

An earlier First Tier Tribunal (FTT) ruled that while the vouchers could be considered a security for money, the services provided by the clubs to the dancers in return for the commission charged were part of a wider bundle of services, and so formed a taxable supply.

Paper available for free download: ‘Law, sex and the city: regulating sexual entertainment venues in England & Wales’

This paper summarises the licensing of SEVs and lap dance clubs in England and Wales. It’s available on open access so can be downloaded and circulated freely, so feel free to send the pdf to any licensing committee members, club owners, managers, dancers, resident’s groups etc as it provides an overview of the first few years of the new licensing regime that has shaped SEVs and resulted in at least 43 licence refusals, closures and a number of operators giving up in the face of more restrictive policies.

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