LICENCE REFUSAL No. 41, LOWESTOFT

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Waveney District Council’s licensing sub committee voted unanimously against an application to open Jessy Fantail in the former Bank Stores pub, in Commercial Road, on November 21.

Applicants Hazel Wilson and Stephen Barrett were given the go-ahead to open the Candy Lounge Gentleman’s Club in nearby Station Square in February and said they would surrender that licence if they received approval to open in Bank Stores.

Speaking after the meeting, committee member Sarah Webb said councillors felt the location of the latest venue at the gateway to the town and close to residential properties was inappropriate. There were 26 objections and three petitions. The minutes for this meeting remain unavailable at time of writing, so the full justification for refusal remains unstated.

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REFUSAL No. 40, ‘LACE’ CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM HAS LICENCE REFUSED

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A club on John Bright Street, central Birmingham, has been refused a licence by Birmingham City Council. This venue, which previously offered striptease before becoming a burlesque club (‘Rouge’) was refused a licence on the basis of being unsuitable within the locality and with reference to other land use in the vicinity. A full account of the reasons for refusal is yet to be issued, but committee papers include substantial reference to future plans to regenerate this area. There was only one public objection. The Licensing and Public Protection Committee proceedings that resulted in the refusal can be viewed online here:

http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/156839