Information and an opportunity to comment about lap dancing club licences in Norwich UK
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After years of campaigning by people who care about equality, Norwich City Council's Licensing committee agreed in 2014 to adopt a policy on the regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues – aka lap dancing clubs. The policy outcome could have been more rigorous and evidence-based but this marked a step in the right direction. The policy requires existing and new SEVs to apply for a licence.
It has taken until 2017 for the existing clubs to be required to apply for a licence.
They have now done so, but residents and councillors were not informed through the usual licensing information procedures and have now been informed that the consultation period has passed and comments will not be accepted. The applications will be decided by the council’s licensing committee at a meeting in the next few months.
The council can extend any licensing consultation at its discretion, but it has so far refused to do so.
In the interests of the council’s licensing objectives, gender equality and democratic accountability, we call on Norwich City Council to reopen public consultation for the sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licences already applied for, for a period of at least 28 days.
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