MP’s concerns after lap dancing club is granted licence renewal

Exterior of the new gentleman's club, Baby Platinum on King Street
Exterior of the new gentleman's club, Baby Platinum on King Street

WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy has reacted angrily to Wigan Council’s Regulation Committee’s decision to renew the licence of a town centre strip club.

After a three-hour meeting, councillors opted to grant Baby Platinum’s application.

This is a deeply disappointing decision which ignores the legitimate concerns of residents and local charities who believe King Street is an inappropriate location for a sexual entertainment venue

Lisa Nandy

Around 20 objectors attended the meeting with reasons ranging from the club’s location and the risk of increased anti-social behaviour and sexual assault. However, no evidence was produced to support the latter two issues.

Another issue that caused disappointment was the decision to once again allow the club’s dancers to remove their g-string during a performance.

Ms Nandy, who could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons, vented her disapproval afterwards.

She said: “This is a deeply disappointing decision which ignores the legitimate concerns of residents and local charities who believe King Street is an inappropriate location for a sexual entertainment venue.

“In February, we were told that a crisis summit between business owners, police and council officials had highlighted the ‘urgent need for action’ to create a ‘high quality, safe environment for people of all ages to enjoy’. This decision is completely at odds with those plans to bring the town centre ‘alive after five’.

“Many women say they are wary of venturing near King Street while Baby Platinum is allowed to operate in the heart of Wigan. This decision will do nothing to reassure them or to help make Wigan town centre a safe, vibrant and welcoming place for everyone.”