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Sexual Entertainment Licence Variation granted despite objections

Cheltenham strip club plans approved by council licensing committee - as reported by the BBC

High heels of female sexual entertainment worker
The variation allows the venue to provide entertainment from 20:00 GMT until 05:00 GMT from Friday 17 November until Sunday 19 November.

Associate licensing solicitor at Poppleston Allen, Imogen Moss, has successfully obtained a variation to a sexual entertainment licence allowing a Cheltenham based club to host adult nights during Cheltenham Race Meet in November – despite significant opposition. 

The club, called Under the Prom at 109 – 113 The Promenade, already had a licence giving it permission to host adult entertainment during race week in March, something which Poppleston Allen secured earlier this year.

However, the owners wanted to add additional adult entertainment during the Cheltenham Race Meet in November. And with the variation to the existing sexual entertainment licence, the venue will open from 20:00 GMT until 05:00 GMT for Friday 17 November, Saturday 18 November and early morning Sunday 19 November.

Objections to the sexual entertainment licence variation

Answering questions on the objections, licensing solicitor Imogen Moss, said management and staff have attended courses on vulnerability, anti-sexual harassment and bystander training.

She added: “It is far better to have a licence for an operator that is known who operates well and works well with the council, police, environmental health and organisations,”

“The operator has a history of good operation and has robust conditions that they have to comply with and will be answerable if they don’t comply with the conditions.

“Not enabling sexual entertainment venue’s licences can stigmatise workers and make it harder to maintain and enhance performers rights and could disproportionately have an impact on the livelihoods of performers and predominantly female employees.”

The committee voted unanimously to approve the sexual entertainment licence, and chairman David Willingham told objectors that the council takes the safety of women and girls seriously.

See coverage on the BBC

For further information on how to obtain a sexual entertainment licence, contact associate licensing solicitor Imogen Moss on 0115 953 8500.urther please go to our contact page.

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