A COUNCILLOR has spoken of his embarrassment that a former private club for Conservative Party supporters could now become a lap-dancing venue.
As reported, an application has been put forward to turn the former 149 Club, in Albert Road into a new premises for Elegance, currently based in Granada Road.
The adult entertainment venue wants to move out of a residential area into one that is more commercial.
The Albert Road site has been closed since last year.
Cllr Luke Stubbs, Tory deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s all a little embarrassing and also frankly quite funny; however it really is nothing to do with us.
‘The local Conservative party had no knowledge of or involvement with the sale of the club.
‘The building was separate from the Conservative Party and was affiliated to the Association of Conservative Clubs.
The Tories’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond, said: ‘It would be very disappointing to have this sort of club in a street which is full of some great individual shops and attracting new ones.’