Miserable Future Plans…Belfast council looks set to refuse sex shop licences for shops near the city centre

Posted: 29 October, 2014 in Sex Shops
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belfast council logo Belfast City Councilis set to reject two applications for sex shops in the city centre.A businessman who once took his fight for a sex shop licence to the House of Lords had submitted a fresh application for Miss Behavin’ on Gresham Street. A second application for a shop called Misstique in the same area has also been submitted.

However, Belfast City Council seems likely to reject both applications. A meeting of the council’s morality committee came up with the lame excuse that Gresham Street is supposedly to be regenerated under the Future Belfast plans.

There are a number of unlicensed sex shops currently operating in the Gresham Street area, however committee members were told last week that two on Smithfield Square North have closed recently following council enforcement action.

The final decision will be taken at a meeting of the full council next Monday.

SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy said he believed the committee would be open to hearing an application for such a shop in a different location, one outside the main city centre.

There has only been one sex shop granted a licence in Northern Ireland, in an industrial estate in Mallusk. Newtownabbey Borough Council allowed that licence in 2006.

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