An application has been made by Michael Walker of Little Black Book (Scarborough) Ltd to open a Lap Dancing venue aka Sexual Entertainment Venue at Waterhouse Lane, Scarborough above the Chic Bar. The application will be decided by Scarborough Borough Council on 19th August 2014. Details of the application are : http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/documents/s59427/14243%20Report%2020...
Within that application report to the licensing committee it is acknowledged that there are no known Sexual Entertainment Venues within the Borough. It also defines a sexual entertainment venue as "any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain for the organiser or entertainer ....any live performance or live display of nudity .... it must be reasonably assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience ... an audience can consist of just one person"
Also the report states that Members are advised that a premises is not obliged to apply for an SEV licence if they wish to engage with 'relevant entertainment' on no more than 11 occasions within a 12 month period. ie these activites would remain unregulated.
There is the usual list of summary objections etc and oddly falls into the 'Developing Safer and Stronger Communities' Corporate priority.
Given that the application is only for a Friday and Saturday night 9.00 pm to 3.30 pm in the nightlife economy part of town it would seem silly not to grant this licence.
No doubt there will be some interesting commentators and objections forthcoming within the local media once this hits the local press, and will arouse some further interest...
personally the venue would have been a great place for a town central boxing martial arts club aimed at rogue teenage girls to keep fit and build confidence, but oh well theres no commercial value in that, time will tell, one step at a time.