The city council is investigating how it can extend its jurisdiction over the establishment of new lap and pole dancing clubs in the city. Councillors are concerned that as the law stands currently they have little control over the number of clubs setting up in the city.
At the moment, the council’s only powers over strip clubs and lap dancing clubs come from the Licensing Act 2003 and are fairly limited. Current regulations mean lap dancing and pole dancing clubs etc have to be dealt with in the same way as any other nightclub. The council is seeking alterations to current laws, either locally or nationally, to allow it a bigger say in the regulation of sex establishments.
At a meeting on 26 July, councillors on the policy and resources committee will decide how they want the plans to progress. One option might be to lobby the government for a change in the law, or another could be to amend licensing policy on a city-wide level.
Cllr Vanessa Brown, deputy chairman of the policy and resources committee, said, “We are seeking new powers that will allow us much greater scope to prevent pole and lap dancing clubs being sited in inappropriate locations, in the same way that we can control the licensing of sex shops and adult cinemas.
“Whether we get these powers locally, or whether we lobby for a national change in law, I think it’s time that Brighton & Hove had the power to say no to more sex establishments in the city.”
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