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Planners' unanimous 'no' to lap dance club in Newquay

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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Town councillors have vowed to fight plans for a new strip club in Newquay – and they think they have the ammo to win their battle.

All eight members of Newquay Town Council's planning committee agreed to object to the top floor of the Beach Niteclub being turned into a "hostess and lap-dancing" club called The Attic.

Members agreed at a meeting this week that the only grounds to oppose the application for a Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) licence would be on "locality".

Councillor Joanna Kenny then revealed she had received a draft of a the town's proposed Local Plan that showed the club on Beach Road was "slap bang in the middle of the primary shopping area".

She said: "For that reason alone I think we should object. It would seem inappropriate to have a lap dancing club in such a prominent location." Wild Cherry, the resort's only other strip club, was out of the shopping zone despite being on the same street, Ms Kenny said.

She had also received a statement from tourist board Visit Newquay that said a new club would be "detrimental" to the town's tourist industry. This could also be used as evidence, she said.

A decision on whether to grant the SEV licence will be made at a Cornwall Council licensing committee meeting early in the New Year.

Applicant Jane Hawkey, who runs the Beach, said the town needed to embrace all types of business to flourish.

She also said there should be no grounds to refuse her application based on location as the club is part of the "Golden Triangle" area of pubs, clubs and strip clubs.

However, councillors dismissed the argument, saying the area had "fundamentally changed" since the arrival of new family Wetherspoon's pub, The Cribbar, directly behind the proposed lap dancing club.

Mayor Kevin Towill said: "Over the last few years we've been working so hard to change Newquay's reputation and image and we are just getting results in."

Anti-lap dancing campaigners called on councillors to join their fight.

Tracy Earnshaw said: "This is about promoting a positive Newquay that doesn't align itself with the sex industry."

John Coltman, of Newquay Town Residents' Association, said latest tourism statistics had shown expenditure in the resort had soared by 58 per cent between 2010 and 2011.

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