New call for curb on sex venues in Leamington

By Kevin Unitt Wednesday 24 October 2012 Updated: 24/10 11:27

CAMPAIGNERS against lap dancing clubs in Leamington old town are seeking cross party support for restrictions on such venues at a meeting tonight (Wednesday).

The matter will be discussed again by Warwick District Council from 6pm at Leamington town hall.

A motion submitted by the council's Labour group called on the council to 'respond to the concern in our communities over the growing number of sexual entertainment venues by consulting with interested parties and residents on whether there are any suitable locations or not for such venues.'

It follows the granting of licenses to two clubs in old town in the last six months, Amara in Court Street and Shades in High Street, the latter granted permission at the third time of asking following previous objections.

Labour district councillor in Leamington, Alan Wilkinson, proposed the motion to go before last night's meeting and told the Observer: “There is a huge momentum in south Leamington to try to improve the area – including the Portas pilot success – yet the granting of these licenses flies in the face of that.

“We want to make this a non-political issue and get cross party support for a consultation to be carried out asking the people whether they want these venues in our area or not.

“We also want specific areas of concern to be ruled out, such as within 500 metres of places of worship or schools.”

Local campaigners against the licenses have previously called for the council to adopt a 'nil cap' policy preventing any more from being launched.

Warwick District Council licensing chiefs have said that by law they could not reject applications on moral or religious grounds but had to judge each case on its own merits.

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