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.
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