Mobility lap dance bar refused

An application to open a lap dancing bar on Queen Street has been refused.

An application to open a lap dancing bar on Queen Street has been refused.

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Plans to open a fifth lap dancing bar in Blackpool have been refused.

The bosses of Eden, on the Promenade, applied to Blackpool Council for permission to open a new club on Queen Street – Eden 1.

To approve the licence would have been against the council’s policy of having a maximum four licenced lap dancing venues in the town, but Eden owners believed their new business would 
cater for mobility impaired customers.

Representing applicant Ashley Sayers, Josef Cannon said: “We understand that there are currently no other licenced Sexual Entertainment Venues in Blackpool offering proper and step-free access to mobility impaired people.

“These are primarily people in wheelchairs and people who find it difficult to move around and get upstairs.”

Members of the public had written to the council’s public protection committee in support of the new venue, but councillors were concerned about the safety of the two-storey building, which has a lift, in the event of a fire.

Mr Cannon said if there was a fire, customers would be able to use a stair lift.

The committee voted against granting a licence.

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