New paper on Quashie & precarity in sexual entertainment

This recent case review considers the implication of the Quashie case, which concerned an employee of Stringfellows who claimed unfair dismissal, only for the case to be dismissed on basis she was deemed to be self-employed:

Albin, E. (2013). The Case of Quashie: Between the Legalisation of Sex Work and the Precariousness of Personal Service Work. Industrial Law Journal, 42(2), 180-191.
Ind Law J-2013-Albin-180-91


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Portsmouth City Council allows clubs to distribute flyers

Standard licensing conditions for sex establishments have been approved by Portsmouth City Council, with one condition (50) rejected as unreasonable.

See the attached paper, considered at meeting on 23rd October


Media coverage here:

New strip club proposed for Leicester Square

Westminster Council list a new application for a club ‘Rise’ on Leicester Square. I have no other details because there is nothing online on their licensing register on which to base any objection (e.g. no floor plans, details of entertainment, marketing materials or code of conduct). Comments were due by October 10th so assume will be dealt with before xmas.

Leamington club Shades licence renewed – provoking ‘anger’

Shades in Leamington has had its licence renewed despite 316 letters of opposition.

From the Leamington Observer:

Shades Gentleman’s Club narrowly secured its sexual entertainment licence at a meeting of Warwick District Council’s Regulatory Committee on Monday (October 14). After a five-five split in the vote, with chairman George Illingworth’s casting vote favouring the High Street club.

Former Leamington Mayor and south town resident Coun Alan Wilkinson was far from happy with the decision, along with 360 fellow residents who had penned letters of objection.

He told The Observer: “I’m absolutely outraged. The decision – made by Tory councillors who do not even live in Leamington – totally disrespects the feelings people living in the area.

“People in south Leamington are working hard to regenerate the area and decisions like this certainly do not help them.”

Green Party ward councillor Jonathan Chilvers – who spoke for the community opposition at Monday’s meeting – made his feelings clear.

He said: “I strongly object to Shades having a sex club licence because of the effect on the character of the area.

“Through the Mary Portas project and other regeneration we are trying to create a community where people feel safe, valued and live in good relationships with each other. The presence of a sex club on the doorstep of the ward, whether or not it is clearly signed, whether or not there are any reported incidents, mitigates against these efforts.”

The Hindu Religious Association, who have a temple nearby, hired a barrister to voice their opposition.

Shades has had many critics ever since opening in March 2008, and has also faced a number of hurdles to stay open.

Read more: Anger as lap dance club secures licence renewal | Leamington Observer:

Tower Hamlets Licensing Committee reject adoption of SEV powers

In the long running saga, where Cabinet in TH have already recommended adoption of a nil limit, the licensing committee rejected adoption of the new powers along with the attendant policies on 8 October This isn’t the end of the story as Council may still reject the committee’s recommendations.


Central Bedfordshire tightens policy on sex establishments

A POLICY that effectively prevents the licensing of sexual entertainment venues and sex cinemas in the town centres of Central Bedfordshire was adopted by the council’s Licensing Committee this week (Tuesday, 8 October).

The council have updated their policy on the licensing of strip clubs and sex cinemas, after residents recently expressed their concern about sexual entertainment venues being allowed in their local area.

An initial telephone survey of 1,123 residents resulted in 63 per cent of respondents saying they did not believe licences for sexual entertainment venues should be granted in their local area. More specifically, the results revealed that at least 80 per cent of respondents were opposed to sex entertainment venues operating in the vicinity of religious buildings, schools, residential areas and places frequented by children and families.

A full public consultation on the draft policy showed similar feelings about the locality of sex establishments. As a result of this feedback, the policy was slightly amended to include schools, nurseries and other premises used by children up to the age of 18, rather than 16, to take colleges into account.

In order to better reflect public opinion, the new policy prevents licences for sex establishments (sexual entertainment venues and sex cinemas only, not sex shops) being granted within 500m of the following places:

• Schools, nurseries or any other premises substantially used by or for children under 18 years of age

• Areas frequented by children and families, eg. tourist attractions

• Residential areas

• Parks or other recreational areas used by or for children under 1 years of age

• Areas frequented by vulnerable adults, eg. care homes

• Areas associated with family leisure and retail

• Community buildings

• Churches or other places of religious worship

• Sites of historical or heritage value

Central Bedfordshire Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities, said: “As part of our aim to make Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work, we’re keen to ensure the character of our towns are preserved and that our high streets remain places where all members of the public feel safe and keen to spend time.

“This new policy demonstrates our commitment to protecting families and that we’ve listened to residents’ opinions given both in the telephone survey and public consultation.”

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