No loophole exists in the Licensing Act 2003.

Top licensing solicitor Richard Arnot of Mincoffs the north east firm has poured scorn on the “loophole in the law “ line taken by various fem nazi groups calling for a crackdown on lap dancing clubs. He said: “I read with increasing frequency campaigners complaining the lapdancing venues take advantage of a loophole in the law and impose themselves on communities who simply do not want them. The reality, however, is that no such loophole exists in the Licensing Act 2003.

Adult entertainment was exhaustively debated in Parliament before the Act became law, and it was sensibly concluded that they had no business in engaging in censorship. What one individual finds immoral is not necessarily what would concern another. Adults are free to make their own choices and if they consider lap-dancing an acceptable form of entertainment, they should be perfectly entitled to pay to enter a well-run venue. However, if adult entertainment can be proved to be detrimental to law and order, safety, nuisance or the obligation to protect children from harm then, quite rightly, applications should be refused. This is the crux of the matter.”

I understand that the venerable White Horse in Shoreditch has got permission to open a separate lap dancing club upstairs and hopes to have it ready for Christmas. The nearby Sports Bar reopened early in September after minor renovations. Another nearby venue the “Olde Axe” was used for filming for the TV series “Ashes to Ashes” in February. I understand another new central London club this time in Kensington called the “Kensington Suite” is opening in November.

News of a new Angels Exotic strip pub called the Claremont in West Byfleet opening Tuesday evenings only initially. The smart new Mayfair club mentioned in last months column opened on the 23rd of September see .

The lap dance association’s first annual awards night is to be held at the large, new FYEO City Road club {ex club of the month} on October 15th. Tickets can be obtained via LDA secretary Kate on [email protected]

A new agency to me called Platinum Angels {see } left is offering packages involving a luxury boat and lap dancing based in Brighton {left}.
The Pilgrim Sports Bar in Plymouth has gained permission to convert the upstairs into a pole dancing club. Another new club is opening in Liverpool, no name as yet. I understand that the Players group which have clubs in Doncaster and Chesterfield and opened in Derby late in August are planning further clubs in Hull and Scarborough before Christmas. The Curve bar in Ipswich {mentioned in July’s column}finally started weekly strip shows in September. The Ashford Club in Kent has started having lap dance nights on Friday .

Jo King of the London School of Striptease is running Burlesque courses at Swindon’s New College. Another organisation offering regular courses in London is Burlesque Baby

Newly promoted Scottish 2nd division side Airdrie United are sponsored by local lap dancing bar “Seventh Heaven”.

Members attending the Conservative party conference in Birmingham received a discount voucher for local lap dance club “Rocket” !


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