New lap dancing bar bid expected

021472a   in B5   5/4/02    pic AH'  Privilege adult club on St Nicholas St?
021472a in B5 5/4/02 pic AH' Privilege adult club on St Nicholas St?
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A NEW lap dancing club could be opening in Scarborough.

Scarborough Council has said it is reviewing its sex establishment licensing procedure after revealing it is expecting to receive a bid to open such a club in the near future.

The matter will be discussed at a meeting of the authority’s licensing committee on Monday.

Head of environmental services Andy Skelton said: “It is highly likely that the authority will shortly receive an application for a Sex Establishment Licence relating to a lap dancing nightclub which shall be classified as a Sexual Entertainment Venue. The appropriate procedures and conditions together with fees must therefore be in place.”

No indication has been given as to where the new venue would be situated.

Scarborough’s previous lap dancing club, Privilege in St Thomas Street, closed in July 2008.

It opened its doors nine years ago and prior to that was the M Bar.

However, in 2009 the building underwent a £200,000 refurbishment and reopened as new town centre bar The Waterhouse at the end of May, under landlord Mick Mancrief.

Sex establishment licences fall into three distinct categories – sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues such as pole dancing nightclubs and lap dancing venues.

Mr Skelton added: “The council is required to have prepared a guidance document/manual, licence conditions, an application form and approved a scale of fees for persons wishing to obtain a Sex Establishment Licence.

“Failure by the authority to prepare guidance, an application form, licence conditions and approve a scale of fees for persons wishing to obtain a Sex Establishment Licence may result in an application being unnecessarily delayed.

“Members should note that at present time there are no such known establishments in the borough of Scarborough. However, it is highly likely that an application may soon be received.”

Local people are allowed to oppose an application for a Sex Establishment Licence if they have “legitimate concerns” that a Sexual Entertainment Venue would be inappropriate due to the character of an area, such as an area which was primarily a residential area.

A local authority can reject such an application if it believes that is the case.