Ruling made over Blackpool lap dancing club

A landlord has lost his battle to secure the right to operate a lap dancing club on his premises after councillors refused to transfer the licence to him.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 6:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 6:32 pm

Blackpool Council’s public protection sub-committee ruled David Moseley’s previous track record made him ‘unsuitable’ to hold the sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence for Eden One on Queen Street.

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Mr Moseley, who owns the premises, had applied to the council to have the SEV licence transferred to his company Pool Construction Ltd.

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But Mark Newton already held the licence through his company AA Recreation 1 Ltd and objected to the transfer.

The sub-committee, which met on June 22 to consider the licence application, heard the two men had fallen out in a dispute over the lease of the property which had prompted Mr Moseley to apply for the licence.

He wanted to bring in his own manager to take over the running of the club.

In publishing its decision, the council said it was “an unusual situation where the holder of the SEV licence does not have the right to occupy the

premises.”

But this did not “automatically mean that the premises owner is entitled to have the licence transferred to him”.

The council still had to consider “the suitability of the applicant company with its sole director Mr Moseley to hold this licence”.

This included ensuring the operator was qualified to run a lap dancing club, understood and would comply with the conditions of the licence and could show a track record or managing compliant premises.

But evidence given to the sub-committee included that Mr Moseley had never held an SEV licence while a previous alcohol licence had been reviewed twice, including for selling booze to under age drinkers.

Evidence was also given in relation to breaches in relation to care homes owned by Mr Moseley.

As a result the sub-committee “concluded that the applicant is unsuitable to hold this licence based on the history of regulatory non-compliance and lack of experience/understanding of licence conditions.”

Mr Moseley has the right to appeal to the magistrates court within 21 days.

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