Leicester

Views sought on future of Leicester lap dancing venues

People in Leicester are being asked for their views on the regulation of adult venues such as lap dancing clubs.

New legislation means councils can have more control over the locations of such establishments, as well as safeguarding the welfare of those who work there.

The city council will vote later this year on whether to adopt the new rules.

In the meantime, residents can have their say on the issue by completing an online survey which is available on the authority's website until 30 September.

Other issues include the numbers of venues, the management and application process, the prevention of crime and disorder, and the protection of children, young people and other non-users.

'Inappropriate areas'

If the council adopts the legislation, responses from the consultation will be used to compile the new licensing rules.

Councillor Sarah Russell, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: "New legislation means councils have the choice to be able to get involved in making sure adult entertainment venues are properly regulated, and we are keen to take that up.

"We value what people have to say on this issue, and their views will be reflected in the licensing considerations we'll draw up and seek to implement."

Previous laws put clubs in the same category as pubs and cafes, which meant councils could only object only on the grounds of crime, nuisance or public safety.

Under the new rules - part of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 - local authorities will be able to stop clubs opening in "inappropriate areas", though they will not be able to reject applications on moral grounds.

Existing venues would also have to apply under the new licensing rules.

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