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Church objects to lap dancing venue application

Thu 19 Nov 2009

A church manager has raised objections to the possibility of a lap dancing venue opening near to his place of worship.

Greene King has submitted an application for a licence to open a lap dancing club in the vicinity of St Ebbe's Church in Oxford.

Mark Abraham, manager of the church, is opposing the application on the grounds that it could put people off joining the congregation and would change the nature of the area.

He also told the Oxford Times that lap dancing exploits women and goes against one of the messages St Ebbe's tries to put out.

The application has proved even more controversial because this is the second time Greene King has tried to obtain a lap dancing licence in the area.

A bid submitted in January was withdrawn following similar complaints from the church.

Mr Abraham said the latest application has come as a shock to him and the church, as the brewer did not inform them of its intentions.

This comes shortly after the Policing and Crime Bill, which proposes to allow local authorities to block licensing applications from lap dancing venues, received Royal Assent.

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