Council delays decision on lap dancing venue

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COUNCILLORS have delayed making a decision on Sheffield lap dancing club Spearmint Rhino’s bid to stay in business.

Members of the licensing board yesterday ruled against making a decision on an application for a sexual entertainment licence at the Brown Street premises, to avoid ‘prejudicing’ decisions about two other venues.

There is strong opposition to Spearmint Rhino’s bid for the licence, which it must obtain to stay in business after a change in the law.

And 56 people have written to the council saying it is not in an appropriate location.

Objectors say the club is holding back the development of the Cultural Industries Quarter and is inappropriate for a ‘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.

A decision will now be made on Spearmint Rhino’s application at a licensing board meeting tomorrow, when councillors will also consider applications from Villa Mercedes in Charter Square in the city centre and La Chambre in Attercliffe.

No objections have been lodged in either case.