“WomenCentre Ltd has written to Calderdale Council objecting to an application by La Salsa in Halifax to renew its ‘sex establishment licence’.
Both La Salsa and WomenCentre are in Silver Street in the town.
They opened in the same street and in the same week back in 2002.
In a letter to the council’s licensing department, a WomenCentre official raises concerns about the “exploitation of women” at the lap dancing club.
“At WomenCentre we support women from all over Calderdale with a range of issues and also offer many different courses and drop-in services.
“We promote positive lifestyles and the location of such an establishment directly opposite our centre could act as a deterrent to some women who may wish to access our services.
“The title of ‘sexual encounter establishment’ raises concerns around the exploitation of women and as such we wish to object to the licence.”
A trustee of the charity has also objected, saying: “I find the idea of such an establishment in the town centre inappropriate and abhorrent.”
The council’s director of communities, Robin Tuddenham, said: “All venues of this kind are required to renew their licence on a yearly basis. If the Council receive any objections to the licence renewal application, then the decision on the renewal is made by members of the Licensing Regulatory Committee. In reaching their decision members will take into account the complaints received and the way the club has been operated during the previous 12 months. The application to renew the licence for La Salsa will be considered at the Licensing and Regulatory Committee on Monday December 16 at Halifax Town Hall.”
There are three public objections in total, two linked to the Women’s Centre.