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Epsom and Ewell lap-dancing clubs must get licence

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Lap-dancing venues in a Surrey borough must have a new type of licence under revised rules.

The new scheme, adopted by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, gives residents the opportunity to oppose applications for adult entertainment venues.

The council voted to introduce the sexual entertainment licence at its most recent cabinet meeting.

The new rules apply to venues offering adult entertainment more than 11 times a year.

Greater control

The council voted for the changes in the wake of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which came into effect in April 2010.

The law gives local councils outside of London the power to adopt greater licensing control over premises such as lap-dancing clubs.

Previously venues only needed a licence under the Licensing Act 2003.

The new licences, which became available at the start of August, will be valid for up to a year.

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