Object to Lap Dancing Licence


In May 2010 Northampton Borough Council decided to adopt the new law relating to lap dancing clubs. This means that lap dancing clubs are now recognised as ‘Sex Entertainment Venues’ under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 which means that local people and local communities can have much more say on the opening of such clubs.

The Urban Tiger Lap Dancing Club Wellingborough Road Northampton NN1 4AA has now submitted its application for a Sexual Entertainment Licence under the new legislation.

The Urban Tiger is situated in a central area of town which is completely inappropriate for a sexual entertainment establishment. It is surrounded by places frequented by children such as the school uniform shop and the Games Workshop, and is close to bus stops where women often have to wait alone late at night for transport home.

Lap dancing clubs fuel a sexist culture in which it is increasingly acceptable to treat women as sex objects, not people. This has been recognised by the UN Convention on Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination Against Women as having clear links to discrimination and violence against women. Areas surrounding lap dancing clubs can become ‘no-go’ areas for women, with many women and girls reporting that they feel unsafe in the vicinity of such venues, and research reveals that individuals performing in the clubs face exploitative working conditions. Research shows that the presence of lap dancing clubs increases the demand for prostitution services nearby.

If you feel that Northampton would be a better town without sexual entertainment on our high street then you have until 11th January 2011 to get your objections in. These can be sent by post to:

The Licensing Officer

Northampton Borough Council

Borough Solicitors Division

The Guildhall

St Giles Square



or by email to pbayliss@northampton.gov.uk


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