Club pledges changes in lap-dance bid

Eden on Blackpool Promenade
Eden on Blackpool Promenade
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An under-threat lap dancing club has made a fresh bid to keep its doors open.

An application by Eden, on Blackpool Promenade, to renew its sex entertainment venue licence was thrown out by the council in July.

Health and safety inspectors had found a series of electrical faults at the club, while CCTV images showed dancers getting too close to their customers, a committee heard.

Dancers must not go within 12 inches of punters during a private dance.

Eden appealed the decision and is allowed to stay open until the appeal is heard at the magistrates court.

But in the meantime, the club’s owner John Sayers has submitted a new application for a licence which is due to be considered by Blackpool Council’s public protection sub-committee when it meets next Thursday.

A report to councillors says: “Following the refusal to renew, officers met with Mr Sayers and members of his family also involved in the business, to discuss what measures would need to be put in place.”

It adds discussions took place “about the standard of the building including maintenance regimes as well as the provisions put in place to ensure that dancers complied with the conditions of the sex entertainment venue licence.”

Eden has pledged to carry out further improvements if the licence is granted.

These include replacing furniture in the main lounge, re-tiling of some areas, installing new lighting throughout the premises and adding plastic panels to the dance area walls “to prevent staining from fake tan.”

Policy allows four sex club licences

Blackpool Council’s policy allows it to hand out licences for four lap-dancing clubs.

But each application must be considered on its own merit and councillors have the discretion to agree to more licences.

Licenses must be renewed annually.The new legislation surrounding licences for sex entertainment venues was introduced last year.

Councils now have more powers to control lap-dancing clubs.

It had previously been feared too many were springing up in towns across the country.

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