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Councils back tighter lap dancing licensing rules

Fri 20 Nov 2009

Local authorities across the UK have backed plans to introduce new lap dancing licensing rules.

City of York Council responded positively to new Home Office guidelines on regulating lap dancing venues, as they propose handing more power to communities and local authorities to block new applications.

According to the York Press, head of licensing and safety Richard Haswell will urge the council's gambling and licensing acts committee to formally support the plans.

Officials in the West Midlands have also backed the proposed tightening of licensing laws, which means lap dancing clubs would be licensed in the same way as sex shops.

Councillor Nigel Dawkins, who represents Bourneville at Birmingham City Council, said changing the law in this way is the right thing to do, reports the Birmingham Mail.

He added that the new rules could lead to some lap dancing venues having to close down.

Robert Botkai, a partner at Winckworth Sherwood, commented: "Further information on the proposed changes to the law on lap dancing is available in briefings on this website. Or just contact me!"ADNFCR-2761-ID-19471910-ADNFCR

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