Blackpool Council votes for BAN lap dance clubs as resort is running to become Britain’s best ‘family-friendly’ resort
- Existing lap dance clubs will continue to operate until their licenses expire and will not be renewed
- It’s part of license bosses’ plan to bolster Blackpool’s goal of being a family resort
- Sex entertainment venues are currently closed due to Covid’s restrictions
The Blackpool Council voted to ban lap dance clubs in the coast as it becomes the UK’s best ‘family-friendly’ seaside resort.
Licensed local chefs have agreed on a new policy to allow only one sex shop to trade and set a zero limit for lap dance clubs.
Under new plans, instead of an immediate ban, the existing four lap dance clubs will operate until their licenses expire and not renew thereafter.
License bosses said the plans will bolster Blackpool’s goal of becoming a true family resort.
Councilor Peter Hunter said he would prefer to see all four clubs and the city’s only sex shop closed immediately.
Blackpool’s local licensing chiefs have agreed on a new policy to allow only one sex shop to trade and set a zero limit for lap dance clubs. Photo: Stock
Licensing chiefs say the move to phase out the clubs also reflects Blackpool’s backing of the White Ribbon campaign to reduce violence against women. Image: file image
He added: ‘For me these locations are very seedy in the extreme and frankly I don’t want to see them in Blackpool at all.
“I don’t want to see them in any town, especially Blackpool, a family resort.”
But Counsel Neal Brookes warned the clubs could go underground if told to close immediately – instead of closing slowly over time.
Coun Brookes said he also didn’t want lap dance clubs in a family resort, but cautioned, “If we don’t have a licensed venue, we run the risk of it going underground.”
Licensing chiefs say the move to phase out the clubs also reflects Blackpool’s backing of the White Ribbon campaign to reduce violence against women.
The committee approved the policy, which is now being publicly consulted for eight weeks before returning to the committee for a final decision.
Councilor Adrian Hutton, chairman of licensing, said earlier: ‘We are not against people coming to Blackpool and having a good time.
License bosses said the plans will bolster Blackpool’s goal of becoming a true family resort. Image: Blackpool beach file image
‘But there is one element that causes problems and that is one way to reduce that.
‘A lot of thought has gone into this in order to devise a policy that helps the city.’
The seaside town had about 13 lap dance venues in the mid-2000s, but the number has steadily declined to four.
Sex entertainment venues are currently closed due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
But when they are allowed to reopen, they get a new license, provided they comply with the law and licensing conditions.
Once a license expires, is revoked, renounced, or otherwise not renewed, the acquired rights are lost.
New applications would still be considered, but with the zero policy it would be difficult to obtain a permit.
Other changes to the revised policy include tighter controls on how dances are paid and a ban on dancers taking cell phones into performance areas.