Petition launched opposing lap dancing at town centre nightclub


A petition has been launched calling on Warrington Borough Council licensing chiefs to turn down an application to open a Sex Entertainment Centre, including lap dancing and striptease at The Truth nightclub in the town centre.

More than 200 people have already signed the petition organised by a local resident.

The petition calls for the application for a sexual entertainment license at 1st Floor 15-17 Friar’s Gate by Warrington Holdings Group Ltd to be refused stating…. “The application lacks detailed information about what form of entertainment would be provided if a license was granted, leaving residents in uncertainty and potential discomfort. This could include lap dancing, pole dancing, table dancing, strip shows, peep shows and live sex shows. These forms of entertainment can contribute to an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime rates in areas where they are present (source: UK Home Office). Furthermore, such venues can have detrimental effects on community cohesion and local property values (source: Journal of Urban Economics). We believe that our community deserves transparency about developments that could impact our safety and quality of life. Join us in urging the council to deny this license application for the sake of preserving our community’s integrity.

Petition organiser Shelley Blythe, who lives in Warrington said: “This is the first petition I have started. I have signed lots of petitions and supported campaigns in the past, but this one is close to home, so I feel even more passionate about it.
“I believe our community’s safety and well-being are paramount.
“I fear that granting this license could lead to an increase in crime and disturbances, putting us all in danger, even the performers!

“It’s not just a bit of fun. It’s not empowerment it is objectification and exploitation!
“Is our town not working hard to build a positive reputation?
“Allowing a sexual entertainment venue could tarnish that.”
As well as the petition a Facebook Group has also been formed for people objecting to the proposal.

After Warrington Worldwide broke the news about the application it caused an uproar on social media with hundreds of people mainly opposing the application, although there were others in favour.
Warrington South Lib Dem General Election Candidate Cllr. Graham Gowland, who is also a member of the licensing committee said he was keen to hear peoples’ views on the application.

Comments for or against the application can be made to the council by March 5 via [email protected]
The petition can be viewed by CLICKING HERE

LibDem candidate seeks views on proposed lap dancing venue


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