A TOUGH new policy limiting the number of lap dancing clubs in Portsmouth has been put out to consultation.
Yesterday the city council’s licensing committee ruled that the public should now be allowed to give their views on suggestions to effectively stop any further ‘sexual entertainment venues’ opening up in Portsmouth.
Some councillors welcomed the policy but Tory councillor Luke Stubbs said he thought it went too far because it could lead to the licences of existing clubs being revoked.
‘There should be controls over where these premises are allowed to be,’ he said.
‘But if they are causing no issues then they should be allowed to stay open. This policy is saying that no areas in the city are suitable for these premises, and I don’t think that’s right.’
But his Conservative colleague Cllr Malcolm Hey said he was ‘extremely pleased’ with the decision.
And Lib Dem councillor Eleanor Scott said: ‘I’m glad it was voted through because we need to get this policy out there to see what people think.’
Take part in the consultation at portsmouth.gov.uk.