Maidstone Council has rejected an application for lap dancing to take place at a town centre venue in Maidstone, Kent.
The Christian Legal Centre supported local nutters who climed the usual bollox that such a venue was not suitable in an area being regenerated by the council where there are already schools, churches and shops nearby.
Maidstone Council received more than 100 letters of objection in advance of the hearing and the council heard from a member of the town’s street pastor scheme.
Michael Phillips, the solicitor representing many of the objectors, ludicrously claimed that the application would effectively be turning Bank Street, where the premises are located, into a sex street.
Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre said:
We are delighted with the Council’s decision which proves that it is possible for lap dancing licenses to be challenged successfully, and that Councils recognise the harm and risks posed by permitting sex establishments to run in their city centres.
We would encourage anyone who wishes to resist a sex licence applications to contact us. The Christian Legal centre will support you, because we recognise the adverse effects of such establishments on communities. After yesterday’s outcome, we are confident that more victories can be achieved.