Another 'sex license' bid in Leamington

By Kevin Unitt 20/02 Updated: 20/02 09:04

CONCERNS have been raised after a second club in Leamington Old Town applied for a license to provide 'sexual entertainment' throughout the week.

Amara, a nightclub in Court Street, is pushing for the 'sexual entertainment venue' license, which would allow it to offer lap dancing and other shows at any time between 7.30pm to 3am Sunday to Thursday and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

It comes just weeks after Shades club, in nearby High Street, revealed it was trying again to get the same license, having been refused in last June.

Under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 all premises such as Shades and Amara were re-classed as 'sexual entertainment venues' and had to apply for a new licence, failure to secure it meaning they can only provide 'adult entertainment' 11 times a year and no more than once per month.

The Shades application will be heard by Warwick District Council's licensing panel at Leamington town hall at 10am on Thursday, March 15.

Jonathan Chilvers of Warwick and Leamington Green Party, said of the new application: “Amara is close to local flats and houses which were built to provide accommodation for families with young children.

“It’s also close to the academy of dance, the Polish Centre, a dental practice and a medical centre.

“To have a lap dancing club so close to all of these community facilities is inappropriate and I am calling on the licensing committee to see sense.”

Shades' push for the license was rejected by the district council due to the negative effect the licensing panel felt it would have on the area.

Leamington mayor, coun Alan Wilkinson, said after it re-applied for the license last month that the venue would “bring the down the tone of an area we are trying to clear up.”

Bosses of both Amara and Shades have been approached for comment but the Observer has not had a reply.

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