A new lapdancing club could soon open just yards down the road from one of Sheffield’s best known music venues.
Rockwave Leisure Limited has applied for a sexual entertainment venues licence for a new club, Villa Mercedes, to open in Suffolk Road.
The premises, which is already being converted by builders, is a few doors down from the Leadmill and not far from the railway station.
The Star asked Andreas Baskoutas of Rockwave Leisure for a comment on the plans, but he had not responded at the time of going to press.
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According to the licence application, the club would open from midnight to 8am, seven days a week. Alcohol would be on sale until 7am.
If the licence is approved, Villa Mercedes would be the second city centre lapdancing club, alongside Spearmint Rhino in Brown Street. A previous Villa Mercedes, in Charter Square, shut down several years ago.
Spearmint Rhino was recently granted a new sexual entertainment venues licence, despite about 70 objections. And the new application has already attracted some opposition.
Elise Peacock, brand manager at the Leadmill, said the venue would be objecting.
“We are a 14-plus venue so we have a lot of under-18s coming to our gigs. And we are very popular so we do have queues going past it. We have concerns from a child protection standpoint.
“It’s in the cultural industries quarter, where we already have the Spearmint Rhino, and we don’t need another lapdancing club.”
Ms Peacock also pointed out that the building was in the ‘Gateway to Sheffield’ area and would be one of the first things many visitors saw.
“It’s probably the worst location in Sheffield they could have picked,” she said.
A blog post by campaign group Zero Option urged Sheffield residents to object to the plans. It said: “We strongly oppose this and all sexual entertainment venues in our city.”