Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds City Council to limit number of lap dancing clubs

The number of lap dancing clubs in Leeds will be cut by almost half under council plans.

There are currently seven sexual entertainment venues in the city but the Labour-run authority intends to limit the number to four.

The new policy would also prevent them being opened near schools and family leisure facilities.

Existing licences would be reviewed when they come up for renewal later this year, the council said.

The council said the review of its policy was prompted by "public concern" and the plans had been drawn up following a public consultation in March and April.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, chair of the licensing committee, said: "We understand that many people have strong views on sexual entertainment venues so it was only right that we reviewed our policy to make sure it was right for the people of our city."

The new rules will come into force from September.

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