Leeds public being consulted on lap dancing clubs … again

liberteweb1Leeds City Council is reviewing its policy on lap dancing clubs just six months after it awarded licences to seven of them – and less than 18 months after it adopted the policy it’s currently following.

The review, which is kicking off with a survey of the 3,900 people who have signed up so far as members of the Leeds Citizens Panel, had been expected to take place in early 2014, but appears to have been brought forward.

It’s the second time in the last couple of years that the public of Leeds has been asked what it thinks about the clubs – or “sex establishments” as they’re officially known in council parlance.

A policy document adopted by the council’s leaders in September 2011 was based on consultation with the public (as well as with “the trade”, academics, and action groups) and on “extensive research”.

Online petition

Campaigners Judith Cummins, Cllr Kamila Maqsood, Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Rachel Reeves MP, Cllr Alison Lowe and Fabian Hamilton MP

Campaigners Judith Cummins, Cllr Kamila Maqsood, Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Rachel Reeves MP, Cllr Alison Lowe and Fabian Hamilton MP

Why is it all happening again so soon?

Difficult to say. But the council’s current policy – which doesn’t limit the total number of clubs in the city – has met with pretty vocal opposition from local political and church leaders amongst others.

An online petition sponsored by Leeds West MP and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves is calling for a cap in the number of clubs and for a review of last June’s decision by the council’s licencing committee to award licences to the seven establishments. It also calls for there to be no clubs located in “prominent city centre locations” or close to civic and religious buildings.

Since it was launched in June 2012 the petition has been signed by 121 people.

So, what are the members of the Citizens Panel being asked this time round?

Strangely enough, they’re being asked stuff like: the maximum number of clubs that should be allowed (a cap?), the areas/streets of the city where the clubs shouldn’t be situated (prominent city centre locations?), and the kinds of buildings they shouldn’t be allowed near (civic and religious buildings?).

Spooky coincidence or what?

The licences granted to the seven clubs are only for a year. They run out in October.

Going to be interesting to see what this latest consultation – and, presumably, further extensive research – come up with.

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4 Responses to Leeds public being consulted on lap dancing clubs … again

  1. Bi Mouth says:

    YAAWWWN!
    120 people signed the petition so far? Not a big issue then. Goodness me, why didn’t the council grant a license for 3 years for example, and people wonder where our taxes are spent!

  2. thecostumeladyleeds says:

    Hi, yes, I am on the ‘citizens filling in of what do you think forms’ group and received my questionnaire on lapdancing clubs yesterday 🙂

  3. We have an economic development strategy where this kind of infrastructure develops to support our ever so successful financial, business and professional services sector. Get a lot of bankers, lawyers and ‘commercial types’ and you get a lot of ‘Gentlemans Clubs’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzrBurlJUNk

    The Citizen’s Panel asks for opinions without doing anything to allow them to be developed or informed. So we provide knee jerk responses to complex issues based on our own prejudices and preconceptions. Now if the Citizen’s Panel was convened to discuss the issue, to explore it and to make recommendations, or a subset of the Panel was convened to do this work we might just come up with some interesting and informed options.

    • Rich Tee says:

      Labour changed the licencing laws in 2003 which made it much easier to open a sex establishment.

      That is why it is so hypocritical for Labour politicians to get all morally superior on the subject.

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