Spearmint Rhino was granted a new license
Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street, Sheffield was granted a license renewal for another 12 months despite objections from locals. At present the club is the only running lap dancing venue in the city.
Council’s licensing committee renewed the club’s license after demanding that the club should meet strict conditions and be subjected to quarterly inspections.
Despite the club’s application numerous objections, there were many who wrote in its support including people who work at the club and said that in the 15 years it had been open, it had provided a “safe environment” for staff and had not had any incidents requiring a police presence.
General manager Pete Mercer said in a letter of support, the fact the club was run to a “very high standard” showed how seriously he took his responsibilities as the “dancers, staff and customers welfare and safety” were his main concern.
Dr Hannah Boast, associate tutor at the University of York, said: “I live less than five minutes’ walk from Spearmint Rhino and have never been bothered by its clientele. I do not feel nervous in the proximity of the venue and do not take different routes to avoid walking past it during the day or late at night.
“I have suffered harassment, groping and sexual threats in Sheffield, but not in the area surrounding Spearmint Rhino. I have been involved in feminist activism in Sheffield for many years and do not feel that the existence of the venue has a negative impact on women and non-binary people in the city.”
The club is also said to have passed every inspection by council officials.
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