Sex show loophole in the law is closed

Worcester News: Sex show loophole in the law is closed Sex show loophole in the law is closed

A LOOPHOLE in legislation covering the opening of lap-dancing clubs in Worcester has been closed.

Worcester City Council has voted to accept protections under the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which makes it difficult for people to open up sexual entertainment venues. As your Worcester News revealed in September, the council made an error four years ago by not adopting the legislation, after it mysteriously went off the agenda.

Since then, business owners looking to open up venues like lap-dancing clubs have been given free rein, with any applications treated as a straightforward premises licence, alongside pubs.

The error came to light earlier this year when a bid was made to convert the former Funk Club, in the Butts, to the Black Cherry, a lap-dancing venue.

Eventually, the application was withdrawn, and since then the city council has been consulting over adopting the Policing and Crime Act. It was voted through during a full council meeting at the Guildhall this week and means the council can refuse applications if they are worried about the location, the number of venues, or objections such as police concerns. Councillor Paul Denham, who chairs the licensing committee, urged his colleagues to accept the move.

“This simply allows us to control sexual entertainment venues, and likewise sex shops, whereas at the moment there is no control over them whatsoever,” he said. “This gives us the right to control them, to determine if the locations are appropriate, and if there is the right numbers of them. I strongly recommend we adopt it.”

The licensing committee agreed to adopt it at a meeting in 2010, but it then vanished off the agenda.

After the committee accepted the legislation it was meant to go before a full council meeting for a final vote, but it never got to that stage.

During Tuesday’s full council meeting, it was voted through unanimously.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, the leader, said: “Plenty has been said about this in the Press, for good or ill.”

Following the withdrawal of the Black Cherry application, Worcester has no pending lap-dancing club applications in the pipeline.

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2:20pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Ted Elgar says...

When is Worcester going to get a decent larger venue for gigs (e.g. bigger than the Marrs Bar) to put us back on the map for music tours? Probably never, but it would make sense it being in prime student heartlands.
When is Worcester going to get a decent larger venue for gigs (e.g. bigger than the Marrs Bar) to put us back on the map for music tours? Probably never, but it would make sense it being in prime student heartlands. Ted Elgar

3:01pm Mon 2 Dec 13

CJH says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
When is Worcester going to get a decent larger venue for gigs (e.g. bigger than the Marrs Bar) to put us back on the map for music tours? Probably never, but it would make sense it being in prime student heartlands.
Isn't that what the Worcester University Arena is for - not just sport, but concerts etc as well?
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: When is Worcester going to get a decent larger venue for gigs (e.g. bigger than the Marrs Bar) to put us back on the map for music tours? Probably never, but it would make sense it being in prime student heartlands.[/p][/quote]Isn't that what the Worcester University Arena is for - not just sport, but concerts etc as well? CJH

6:15pm Mon 2 Dec 13

dropkick55 says...

Yet again Worcester comes across as being out of date!
Yet again Worcester comes across as being out of date! dropkick55

6:52pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Dagnasty says...

I was born and raised in worcester.When I was 20 I moved to Leeds and then down to Bristol.When I left worcester we had a strong live music scene.Both the brewery tap pubs in lowesmoor,The Northwick,The arts centre,YMCA St. John's.Live music most nights. I moved back to worcester last year, what's happened to the scene?where's it all gone?Worcester has gone backwards.It can't even sustain a non league football team.
I was born and raised in worcester.When I was 20 I moved to Leeds and then down to Bristol.When I left worcester we had a strong live music scene.Both the brewery tap pubs in lowesmoor,The Northwick,The arts centre,YMCA St. John's.Live music most nights. I moved back to worcester last year, what's happened to the scene?where's it all gone?Worcester has gone backwards.It can't even sustain a non league football team. Dagnasty

7:01pm Mon 2 Dec 13

CJH says...

Dagnasty wrote:
I was born and raised in worcester.When I was 20 I moved to Leeds and then down to Bristol.When I left worcester we had a strong live music scene.Both the brewery tap pubs in lowesmoor,The Northwick,The arts centre,YMCA St. John's.Live music most nights. I moved back to worcester last year, what's happened to the scene?where's it all gone?Worcester has gone backwards.It can't even sustain a non league football team.
We already have enough whingers Dagnasty. I'm sure Leeds or Bristol would welcome you back if you don't like it here. Plenty of live music available at the theatres and art centres in Worcestershire. It may not be in the same places you remember, but the 'scene' (what a quaint 1960s word that is), can still be found. But these places are only sustainable if people attend them. Perhaps it's people's tastes which have changed, not the 'scene'.
[quote][p][bold]Dagnasty[/bold] wrote: I was born and raised in worcester.When I was 20 I moved to Leeds and then down to Bristol.When I left worcester we had a strong live music scene.Both the brewery tap pubs in lowesmoor,The Northwick,The arts centre,YMCA St. John's.Live music most nights. I moved back to worcester last year, what's happened to the scene?where's it all gone?Worcester has gone backwards.It can't even sustain a non league football team.[/p][/quote]We already have enough whingers Dagnasty. I'm sure Leeds or Bristol would welcome you back if you don't like it here. Plenty of live music available at the theatres and art centres in Worcestershire. It may not be in the same places you remember, but the 'scene' (what a quaint 1960s word that is), can still be found. But these places are only sustainable if people attend them. Perhaps it's people's tastes which have changed, not the 'scene'. CJH

12:31pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

There goes my opportunity for an open air sex show outside the Guildhall :(
There goes my opportunity for an open air sex show outside the Guildhall :( Guy66
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