Three of Leeds’ six lap-dancing clubs are to shut next week after their applications to have their licences renewed were turned down by Leeds City Council.
Two clubs – both situated on York Place – will continue to operate after their applications were approved.
One club – Silks on Sovereign Place – has been given what looks like a stay of execution and will be allowed to continue to operate until the end of June next year.
“The applications for Deep Blue of Wellington Street, LS1, Red Leopard and Wildcats both of The Headrow, LS1, were refused due to the number of buildings with sensitive uses nearby to the location of the premises,” says a press release from Leeds City Council.
All of the clubs had to reapply for their licences after a tough new council policy came into force on 1st September. The policy limits the overall number of clubs in Leeds city centre to four, and prevents them being located in “sensitive areas” or near places with “sensitive uses”.
The council’s licencing sub-committee heard the renewal applications for all six clubs in the middle of November. The decisions were made public today.
The clubs on York Place that will main open are Liberte and Purple Door.
Representatives of one of the clubs on the Headrow – Red Leopard – said last month that it would take legal action and seek a judicial review if its application was turned down.
Earlier in November the manager of the Wildcats club, also on the Headrow, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he hoped his club’s application wouldn’t have to be taken to the High Court, but added:
“We will of course need to challenge any negative decision through the legal system, which seems unnecessary particularly in the current economic climate.”
The chair of the council’s licencing committee (and long-time campaigner against the clubs) Councillor Becky Charlwood, is quoted in the press release as saying:
“I’m very pleased that the committee have applied the policy of the council, this policy change was created through public engagement and was heavily consulted upon.
“These were no-doubt difficult decisions to make, but I think it is right to use the powers we have available to us as a council to help fulfil our ambition to be the best city in the UK for all our citizens and visitors.”
The venues which have not had their licence renewed will have to stop operating at 4am on Friday 13 December.