NEW Council powers to control lap dancing clubs are set to come into force from April meaning residents will be able to oppose the opening of such venues.
Current laws put lap dancing clubs in the same category as cafés and bars, meaning it is difficult for councils to refuse a licence.
Solihull has its first ‘gentleman’s club’ in the form of the Honey Club on the High Street - a venue that local politicians would like to see closed down.
Maggie Throup, prospective MP for Solihull welcomed the news. “Current legislation has allowed a lap dancing club to open here in Solihull. It is unacceptable that this was allowed to happen - Solihull is a family town and we want it to stay this way.”
Also supporting the legislation was Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden who added: “I welcome this decision, but it is long overdue. I am sure that many share my view that this type of club exploits women.”
However Richard McKay, the owner of Honey Club blasted both campaigners.
He said: “In the four months I have been open I am the only club in Solihull not to have had any problem with the police. I am not even on their radar. The club is only open from 10pm until 4am and not on Sundays.
“I welcome dialogue with anyone, councillors or residents.”