WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy has voiced her concerns over plans for a second lapdancing bar in Wigan town centre... just yards from the first.
An application has been made to Wigan Council for a new strip club on Rodney Street at the site of the former Studio 46 nightclub.
Since Baby Platinum has been in operation, there have been press reports of increased incidences of prostitution on King Street. I am concerned that the granting of a second licence for a sexual entertainment venue in very close proximity to Baby Platinum would further exacerbate this problemLisa Nandy
Ms Nandy, who also opposed a licence being granted to nearby Baby Platinum on King Street, says it would “severely undermine” the Council’s efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
She is also concerned that the introduction of a second strip club in the heart of Wigan could worsen a problem of prostitution in the area although the authorities have not officially made any links between the club and street walker troubles highlighted last year in Wallgate.
In a letter addressed to Wigan Council’s licensing, development and improvement officer Joanne Brockley, the MP wrote: “The basis for my objection is the location of the premises, near to an existing sexual entertainment venue, Baby Platinum, on King Street and the potential for an additional sexual entertainment venue to increase anti-social behaviour in an area of the town centre already under significant strain.
“Since Baby Platinum has been in operation, there have been press reports of increased incidences of prostitution on King Street. I am concerned that the granting of a second licence for a sexual entertainment venue in very close proximity to Baby Platinum would further exacerbate this problem.”
Ms Nandy is also contesting the application to vary condition 30 (g) of the Council’s Sex Establishment Policy, which would allow performers to remove their g-strings.
She added: “Prior to lodging this objection I sought advice from officers in Wigan Council’s Licensing Section who clarified that the Council’s Sex Establishment Policy rejects the premise of full nudity in sex establishments. Given that the Council felt this was important enough to make clear in the Sex Establishment Policy, I do not believe there is any justification for departing from it, whether for economic or other reasons.
“I understand that the decision to grant a variation of the Council’s policy on conditions relating to permitted activities in sexual entertainment venues, does not create a precedent and that all applications must be judged on a case by case basis.”