Local residents have power to challenge lap dancing clubs

From 6 April 2010, local authorities will be able to require all lap dancing clubs in their area, including existing venues, to apply for a sex establishment licence if they want to continue to operate lawfully.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "Many people have told us they don’t want a lap dancing club in their neighbourhood and feel that the existing legislation does not adequately take account of their concerns.

"From April these important reforms will give local authorities the powers they need to respond to the concerns of local people regarding the number and location of lap dancing clubs in their area."

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