Councillors have agreed that a Private Bill is the way forward to ensure stricter controls to regulate strip clubs in Brighton & Hove. This follows the granting of full-nudity licences to two lap-dancing clubs.
Licences have been awarded to Ken McGrath to enable full nudity at his strip clubs Pussycats and Top Totty in Brighton. Councillors not in favour of granting the licences felt powerless to restrict them - nudity is not sufficient grounds for refusal of a licence (see previous article entitled 'Are Brighton's strip clubs getting out of control?' ). Councillors also expressed concerns about the increase in applications for strip clubs and pole dancing venues in the city.
Members of Brighton & Hove City Council’s licensing committee met on Thursday April 19 and decided by a vote that a Private Bill would provide the ideal solution. A Private Bill would give councillors greater powers at a local level so that in future clubs might be denied licences on, for example, the grounds that the sector is already overpopulated
The matter now still has to go before the council’s Policy & Resources committee and a meeting of the full council, for a final decision.
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