Silks lap dancing club in Leeds allowed to stay open

Silks Gentlemen’s Club

Silks Gentlemen’s Lounge application for a Sex Establishment License renewal was considered by councillors in Leeds.

The club received councillors’ unanimous approval since there were no objections against the request. The license will give the club a permission to trade for one year.
In 2013, Leeds City Council reduced the number of lap dancing clubs that are allowed to operate in the city to four. Silks lap dancing club first opened doors in 2009 in Leeds city centre. The club had its license renewal denied last year following objections from the Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) charity.
The majority of the hearing took place with the exclusion of the public and press because of the inclusion of “information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual” and financial details.
Premises supervisor Maria Cunningham said: “I’m delighted that the licence was renewed and particularly that there were no objections received.”
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New lap dancing club in Norwich got its license approved

The licensing committee of Norwich City Council unanimously approved to grant Pure Gold lap dancing club a license despite objections from locals.
The former Bar 52 was granted a planning permission to convert into a club last year but a new licensing application needed to be sought following Bar 52 closure.
Gavin Tempest- a licensing consultant, said on behalf of the applicant, that it was the former manager of Bar 52 who has filed the proposal with the intention to turn the bar into a lap dancing club.
He also specified that there were no previous occasions of crime and disorder associated with Bar 52 and the venue’s conversion would not lead to such incidents in the future.

Norfolk police licensing officer Michelle Bartram, confirmed that the venue had previously held a license since 2013 which never lead to any conflict between authorities and the club’s management.
She said; “Based on the fact the venue seeks to re-open with the same management, it is difficult to evidence that the granting of the licence will cause a significant impact to the crime and disorder or any other licensing objectives as a consequence.”
However, there were 10 objections from city locals and two from councillors, including from Green city councillor Ben Price, who represents Thorpe Hamlet.
He said the council had a cumulative impact policy which was designed to control the number of new premises allowed to operate and that there was “disproportionately high” levels of crime and disorder in the Prince of Wales Road area.
Mr Price responded to his objection stating that the club’s licensing request should be dealt as if it was a new application in which instance the previous history should not be regarded as relevant.
He said: “We have a saturation problem in the area of the city. Alcohol leads to bad decision making by people who are out there. A few last drinks consumed at the end of the night and its what happens outside these venues afterwards that is the problem.”
In the conclusion of the hearing, the three member licensing committee unanimously approved the licence, with alcohol available from 8pm until 3.45am.

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