New licence for lapdancing club

Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club, Brown Street, Sheffield
Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club, Brown Street, Sheffield
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SHEFFIELD councillors have voted in favour of allowing a city lapdancing club to remain open.

Spearmint Rhino, in the Cultural Industries Quarter, had applied for a new licence to allow it to stay in business after a change in the law.

Despite dozens of letters of objection being sent to the council, a new sexual entertainment licence for the Brown Street club was given the go-ahead.

Sheffield Council chief licensing officer Steve Lonnia said: “The committee looked carefully at all the evidence and took everything into consideration.

“Unfortunately there were no grounds to refuse the application.

“The licensing service will continue to monitor the venue, and will be working closely with the operators to make sure any marketing or advertising outside the premises is appropriate.”

Objectors claimed the club was located inappropriately in the CIQ and was holding back development of the area. They also said a strip club was an ‘inappropriate’ gateway to the city centre - a few minutes’ walk from the railway station.

The ‘gentlemen’s club’, part of a national chain, opened nine years ago next to a small area of public open space and the former National Centre for Popular Music.

Councillors also granted new licences for Villa Mercedes in Charter Square in the city centre and La Chambre swingers club in Attercliffe. There were no objections to either application.