Elegance lapdancing club seeks move to Southsea’s Albert Road

Elegance in Granada Road, Southsea
Elegance in Granada Road, Southsea
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A LAPDANCING club is seeking to move premises to one of Southsea’s busiest streets.

Elegance wants to move from Granada Road, Southsea, into Albert Road next to The Wedgewood Rooms.

Paul Oija, director of Elegance and landlord of Elegance’s existing venue, said the move would enable the club to move out of a residential area into one that is more commercial.

Mr Oija also said a new tenant had been found for the Granada Road site at a cheaper rate.

The application comes despite licensing policy adopted by Portsmouth City Council in 2012 stipulating existing lapdancing clubs could only move premises if there are problems with the building and issues with employees’ safety.

But Mr Oija said he is confident the council will approval the proposal.

He said: ‘There already is a night-time economy in Albert Road, whereas Granada Road has died out because the seafront is dead.

‘It’s not going to affect the day-time trade in Albert Road because we will only be open at night.

‘The premises would open after 9pm.’

The council’s licensing policy adds that new applications for more lapdancing clubs in the city would be refused unless there is evidence to show how one would benefit the community.

Mr Oija said his Wiggle lapdancing club in Surrey Street, in Portsmouth’s city centre, would be staying where it is.