Poll shows 54 per cent don’t object to second Sheffield lapdancing club

An application has been put forward to have a lapdancing club next to the Leadmill, Leadmill Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
An application has been put forward to have a lapdancing club next to the Leadmill, Leadmill Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
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More than half of people would not object to a second Sheffield lapdancing club - despite 180 official objections, a survey has found.

Of the 1,600 people who responded to an online poll run by The Star, 46 per cent said they did not want to see the new club Villa Mercedes open in Suffolk Road in the city centre.

That left 33 per cent who said they would want to see the club, and 21 per cent not bothered either way.

Sheffield Council is due to decide on Rockwave Leisure Limited’s application for a sexual entertainment venues licence for the new club in the coming weeks.

Of 181 comments on the application, only one was in favour.

One reader of The Star, Sandra Allen, said she was not opposed to the club. “Live and let live,” she said. “It’s behind closed doors, not like it’s in the street.”

But Emily Grace said there was no need for another club so close to the city’s only existing lapdancing bar, Spearmint Rhino.

She said: “I’m all up for clubs, no issue with that, but I don’t believe there is enough customer base for two clubs in such close proximity.”

And Rebecca Walker said: “A strip bar located right next to a venue that regularly holds events for 14-year-olds plus - The Leadmill - and vulnerable adults, across the road from student flats, within five minutes’ walking distance of at least three colleges and in eyesight of the railway station welcoming tourists and commuters that we work so hard to attract into the city is not the ideal location for any sexual entertainment venue.”