Public attitudes to sexual entertainment in Leeds

There are a couple of lap dance venues in Leeds whose licenses are currently being renewed (the meetings were some time ago, but the minutes and outcome have not been publicised). Assuming these are relicensed, this means there are 7 venues in Leeds currently, though the media is reporting that the number may be reduced if recent consultation and Citizen Panel results are acted upon given the local authority is suggest that 4 might be the new maximum number of licences to be granted in the city:

Though there is clear support for no SEVs outside the city centre, the logic for reducing the number of city centre premises from 7 to 4 is not clear given most agree that city centre locations are suitable and less than 50% agree that areas such as Boar Lane, Merrion Centre, Call Lane, Assembly Street and Woodhouse Lane are unsuitable. On the other hand, the Headrow, Briggate, the Courts area and East Parade are all locations where more than 50% of people feel clubs are unsuitable: given there are clubs in these locations, this presumably justifies the reduction of 7 to 4, though why more clubs could not be located elsewhere within the city centre or town centres away from sensitive land uses or other clubs is not clear. It will be interesting to see how this moves forward given there has been a lot of interest in what is happening in Leeds, with local MP Rachel Reeves an opponent of SEVs in the city.

The following taken from Report to Leeds licensing committee on SEV public consultation, 12 March 2013

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One thought on “Public attitudes to sexual entertainment in Leeds

  1. I am very suspicious of the claim only 135 people completed the survey. Given the numbers when the clubs very threatened with complete closure that is about 10% of the number of would have expected. Be interested in seeing the full council report which wasn’t on the website last time I looked.

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