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Decision expected on renewal of lap-dancing club's licence

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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A DECISION will be made on Friday whether to allow a Newquay lap-dancing club to renew its licence.

Wild Cherry, on Beach Road, has applied to Cornwall Council to renew its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence.

The bar's owners have applied to operate the lap-dancing bar from 10pm until 4am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week. According to the online submission, the club's "house rules" are unchanged from the previous, approved application.

Cornwall Council's miscellaneous licensing committee will make a decision on the application, and whether to accept two late objections, at its 10.30am meeting in the council's chamber on Penwinnick Road, St Austell.

A sexual entertainment venue is defined as any premises at which 'relevant entertainment' is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer. Relevant entertainment includes lap-dancing, pole-dancing, table-dancing, strip shows, peep shows and live sex shows, according to a report to the committee, released online.

Wild Cherry was previously granted a 12-month licence until December 31, 2012, subject to conditions. These included that an Security Industry Authority-registered member of door staff must supervise the entrance whenever the premises operated under the SEV licence, no under-18 events were to take place at the premises at any time it operated as Wild Cherry or under its SEV licence, and that it used a police-approved identification verification system.

Objections to the renewal have been made by police, the town's MP Stephen Gilbert, Newquay Central Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown, Newquay Town Residents' Association and 18 residents.

Reasons cited include location, unsuitability, and that such a venue would have a detrimental impact on the town.

The committee chairman has used his discretion to allow those who have made competent representations to speak for five minutes each on Friday.

In his submissions, Newquay's Inspector Dave Meredith said the force objected to the application on the grounds of "inappropriate location" due to its close proximity to the main town-centre shopping street, Towan Beach, which was popular with families, young people and children, and numerous residential properties nearby.

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