Lap dancing club given more time

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A LAP dancing club has been given more time to pay its licence fee after the owners said they were committed to making the business a success.

The Rouge club on Clifton Street, Blackpool, was one of five venues granted licences by Blackpool Council in January to operate as sex entertainment venues.

The permission was subject to the payment of the £5,000 licence fee by Monday, April 30.

While £1,000 was paid on April 25 an agreement was reached that owner Pauline Lai would pay the £4,000 balance by June 1.

After hearing £2,500 was still owed, the council’s public protection sub-committee agreed to give Mrs Lai until August 23 to pay the rest.

The council’s head of licensing Sharon Davies said: “The sub-committee decided to allow her to continue operating and to give her the opportunity to pay the outstanding amount.”

After the hearing Mrs Lai, who also owns the Mandarin Chinese Restaurants on Clifton Street, Blackpool, and in Clifton Street, Lytham, said a change of management had caused her to fall behind with the payments.

She said: “I only took over full control of the club in March. The business is running much better and the council has confidence in us and has been very supportive.

“Clifton Street is a difficult street to trade on, and I have been trading there for six years with my restaurant. We feel things will be better when the investment is made on the former Yates’s site.

“In the meantime, Rouge is a beautiful building and we want to keep the club open.

“It is a gentlemen’s club on Friday and Saturday nights, and we have burlesque shows on Sunday nights.

“We would like to open mid-week and have a few ideas, but I would love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions.”