Parents fight lap-dancing bar’s licence bid

Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club on Brown Street, Sheffield
Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club on Brown Street, Sheffield
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BUSINESS owners, cinema-goers and parents are among more than 50 people to object to an application by a Sheffield lap-dancing club to continue trading.

Under new rules, such establishments have to apply for sexual entertainment venue licences.

Spearmint Rhino, Brown Street - close to Sheffield Hallam University students’ union, art galleries and the Showroom cinema - had been operating under a standard alcohol licence.

The application by owner, London-based Sonfield Developments, will be considered at a Sheffield Council licensing committee meeting on Tuesday. Some 56 letters of objection have been submitted and claiming the club is “inhibiting growth and development” of nearby firms.

One objector, who described the area as a ‘cultural hub for young people’, said: “For this area to develop into a thriving area, drawing investment and supporting the production of world-class artistic products, its quality needs to be protected.”

Another opponent said: “Many institutions in the Cultural Industries Quarter work with children under 16. Having a sexual entertainment venue is inappropriate.”

Sonfield said: “The premises has operated for a number of years. No complaints have been received.”

Separate applications from La Chambre swingers’ club, Attercliffe, and Villa Mercedes strip bar, on Charter Square, have received no objections.

Both are to be considered for approval by councillors at a meeting on Thursday, March 1.