The place of lap dance clubs and other spaces offering striptease entertainment has been repeatedly brought into question by community and business groups over the last decade. The Policing and Crime Act gives local authorities powers to control such clubs through licensing, and it is possible for them to decide the number of clubs suitable in a locality is nil. Given the definition of a locality is a question for the local authority to determine on the circumstances of the case, this gives them the power to effectively ban lap dancing from particular locations. But who decides where is appropriate for such clubs? Why do some local authorities seek to ban such clubs whilst other are more accepting? Is this a reflection of local values or are there other issues at stake?
This occasional blog will review ongoing licensing news relating to Sexual Entertainment Venue applications and consider the decisions made by local authorities with an eye to disseminating best practice in the regulation of lap dance clubs. On occasion, it will also reflect on licensing practices in general, as well as germane debates on sex shops, sex commerce and the adult industries.