Plans for a fourth lap dancing club in Birmingham’s pubs and clubs area have been greeted by moralist objections.8 letters have ‘poured in’ opposing the Broad Street venue, called Paradise, from businesses, the Repertory Theatre and an MP
There are currently three established lap dancing clubs on the road, with the Rocket and Cyclone nightspots vying for trade with Legs 11.
The company behind the latest plan already runs two similar clubs in Manchester and submitted an application for a Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) licence in November.
Ladywood Labour MP Shabana Mahmood ludicrously claimed without any evidence whatsoever:
This application for a SEV, if successful would drastically change the nature of the locality, especially as there are currently three other SEV’s on Broad Street. A fourth club would be a further indication that Broad Street was becoming the red light district area in Birmingham.
Update: Unbroadened Minds
21st January 2013. Thanks to Alan
What planet do these people live on? Broad Street is a boozing area, full of piss artists mingling with punters from the Rep, Symphony Hall and the NIA.
One more lap dancing joint isn’t going to make a scrap of difference.
Update: Moralists prevail
14th February 2013. See article from birminghammail.co.uk
Moralist councillors rejected an application by Eutony Limited to open the venue, which would have been called Paradise, after a handful of objectors raised unevidenced concerns about Broad Street supposedly becoming a red light district akin to Soho in London.
There are already three strip clubs on Broad Street; Legs 11, Cyclone and the Rocket Club, and there were supposed fears that a fourth would change the dynamics of the area ., Birmingham’s nightlife and bar quarter.
Eutony pledged to take the matter further, saying that moral objections were not a valid reason for refusal.
Councillor Barbara Dring, chairwoman of the Licensing and Public Protection Committee, spewed:
Members were of the opinion that it would be inappropriate to grant the licence having regard to the character of the relevant locality being Broad Street, due to the close vicinity of family orientated activities, entertainment, providing hotels, restaurants and family accommodation.
A spokesman for Eutony said:
The decision to reject our application on the grounds that the character of the area ie Broad Street is not suitable is in our opinion most unjust in view of the fact that three other lap-dancing clubs exist on the street.
It is accepted that lap dancing venues are inherently safe and parliament has enacted legislation to regulate an industry where it recognizes a legitimate demand. Moral objections are not for consideration.
Our proposal was to convert derelict upper floors of a broad street property into a thriving nighttime business employing 15 permanent staff and bring this property back to life and contribute to the councils purse as a business ratepayer. We are accepting legal advice with respect to moving the matter to the high court for a judicial review.