Harrogate Feminists

Should we follow Oxford’s example on licensing of lap-dancing clubs?

As well as deciding whether to adopt the new legislation at all, Harrogate Borough Council is also seeking consultation on its draft licencing policy – this is one of the things we plan to discuss at our meeting next week.

The new SEV legislation has been already adopted by many other councils around the UK and we’ve been looking around for examples of SEV licensing policies they’ve come up with.

We were interested by Oxford City Council’s statement on their website:

Applications made for a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence will not generally be deemed to be appropriate if the premises is near or in locations or areas containing any of the following:

(i)      Historic buildings or tourist attractions
(ii)     Schools, play areas, nurseries, children’s centres or similar premises
(iii)   Shopping complexes
(iv)   Residential areas
(v)    Places of Worship

You can see the full conditions set by Oxford City Council for their SEV licences here.


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