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Council Considers New controls Over Lap Dancing Venues

Friday 15th October 2010

Bedford Borough Council is set to consider whether to introduce new legislation restricting adult entertainment venues like lap dance clubs.

 Existing powers available to the council, to control the opening and operation of lap-dancing premises or impose conditions on their licence are covered under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

 The new controls, which were introduced by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, would give the council the ability to impose a wider variety of conditions on lap dancing clubs. These conditions could affect opening hours, adverts, and the visibility of the interior to passers by. The council would also be able to refuse to grant or renew a licence on the grounds that such an establishment would be inappropriate given the character of the area or if it is located somewhere that is primarily residential.

 Next weeks meeting of Full Council will consider whether or not to introduce the new legislation. To have your say contact Keith Simmons, Head of Registration and Records telephone (01234) 221676.

 Cllr Sally-Ann Smith said: “The issues around lap dancing clubs and similar venues always provoke a lot of debate. This new legislation provides the council with more power to control these establishments and I urge everyone to give us their views on whether or not they should be introduced.”

 A decision on whether or not to adopt the powers locally will be considered by the Council on 20th October.

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