Kent

Maidstone polled for University of Kent lap dance study

People in Maidstone are being asked how they feel about lap dancing clubs.

In October 2011, the University of Kent began carrying out a 12-month study into the effects of lap dancing clubs on communities.

The town has been chosen because it only has one club, and is one of four locations being being polled in the UK.

Researcher Billie Lister said: "It's going to be interesting to find out if they match the views of feminists or turn these views on their heads."

A change in the law meant from 2010, lap dancing clubs were classed as sex establishments and residents were able to oppose venues for being "inappropriate" to the area.

Additionally, all lap dancing clubs are obliged to apply for permission to continue trading after April 2012.

Ms Lister said: "At the moment they [local authorities] are just making decisions based on a few select views and we want to give the opportunity for everybody in Maidstone to let us know what they really think."

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