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Trouble fears at club unfounded

FEARS that Solihull’s first lap-dancing club would bring trouble to the town centre have not been realised, its owner said this week.

FEARS that Solihull’s first lap-dancing club would bring trouble to the town centre have not been realised, its owner said this week.

Richard McKay said there had been no problems since the Honey Club opened for business in mid-October.

Plans to turn the Opal Lounge into a “gentleman’s club” caused a storm of controversy when they were announced in the autumn.

But Mr McKay said he’d kept the club discrete and tightened security at the High Street venue.

“From the start I made sure no-one under 25 would be allowed in and we’ve made sure there’s added security,” he explained.

Although there was a backlash from many residents and councillors, the businessman admitted that he was expecting the reaction to be even worse.

He told the Solihull News on Monday that the borough needs to decide what sort of community it wants to be.

“People sometimes go on about the village of Solihull, but it was a village in the 1960s. If we’re talking about the NEC then suddenly it’s a town again.

“The council and community have got to make their minds up.”

 

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