Council wants lap dancing clubs to close in a quest to become a family resort
|18th May 2021
Thanks to Nick
See article from news.sky.com
Authorities in Blackpool have begun a process they hope will eradicate the town's lap dancing clubs for good in an attempt to make it more family friendly.
There are currently four clubs operating in the resort, but Councillor Adrian Hutton, who
chairs the licensing committee, hopes that will drop to zero in the next few years. Hutton said:
He believes the clubs' popularity is because of stag and hen parties which can have a negative effect on Blackpool's image
as a family destination:
Rather than the council forcing venues to cease trading immediately, it is taking a softly, softly approach. When one
closes or loses its licence under its current owner we will not renew the licence for anybody else who came along.
Toni Mansell, a
stripper for ten years responded:
Those in favour of preserving them argue that their existence has no negative impact on the culture of the city - and, if anything, is good for the local economy.
When the clubs do close, a number of women will inevitably lose their jobs. Sex workers are a very disenfranchised faction of people and appear to be under the chopping block all the time.
Council disgracefully wants to set a council mandated monopoly for one sex shop, and for a ban for new and replacement lap dancing clubs
|14th January 2021
See article from lancs.live
Blackpool Council wants to create a monopoly for 1 sex shop to be allowed in the town and also it wants to ban any new lap dancing clubs, presumably on grounds of its view on morality.
Councillors are being asked to approve a new policy which would
permit only one monopoly sex shop, and which would ban new lap dancing clubs.
Four existing clubs would be allowed to continue operating, but once those licences lapse for any reason they would not be renewed. Licensing chiefs say the move
better reflects Blackpool's aim to be a 'family' resort, and its support of the White Ribbon campaign against adult entertainment.
Members of the council's licensing committee are being asked to agree to reduce the number of permitted sex shops from
the current two, down to one.
The policywill go before the council's licensing committee on Tuesday January 19 for consideration.
Council dismisses claims against lap dancing club
See article from lancs.live
A Blackpool lap dancing club has been allowed to keep its licence after councillors dismissed unsubstantiated allegations against the operator.
The licensee appeared before a meeting of the council's public protection sub-committee after an objection
was received to his application to renew the sexual entertainment venue licence at Sinless on Central Promenade.
The meeting heard allegations had been made against Mr Newton that he had acted inappropriately towards female performers, encouraged
drug taking and allowed under-age drinking and performing. The authority found no evidence to back up the claims.
Chinese skiers whinge about books in a Norwegian library that are banned in China
|7th January 2020
article from techdirt.com
Norway Today has reported about the latest attempt by Chinese citizens to censor material in other countries It involves a delegation of more than 40 Chinese cross-country skiers, along with 15 coaches and managers, who are in the Norwegian
municipality of Meråker to train for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics:
The Chinese visitors have whinged about books in the local library that are banned in China. Among the books the delegation wanted removed is one about the Falun Gong movement that
has been banned in China since 1999.
Thankfully the library has refused categorically to remove any books. The library manager said:
We have freedom of speech in Norway so that was completely out of the
question. It's only a small incident, easily overlooked. But if it can happen in a tiny local library in the depths of Norway, just because a few Chinese skiers were training there, it is highly likely to start happening in other places, where more
Chinese citizens are present, and where China has greater economic and political influence.
Advert censor whinges at lap dancing poster
A poster, for Perfect 10s gentlemens club, featured an image of a woman, naked except for a small pair of knickers which were pulled down around her hips. The ad featured the text Say hello to my new boobs for the first time here at Perfect 10s covering her breasts. The ad also featured three smaller images of other women in their underwear in sexually provocative poses. The text at the bottom of the ad stated
Its our 7th Birthday! Party with guest models Gemma Massey & Dani Thompso".
Ten complainants objected that the ad was offensive and unsuitable for display where it could be seen by children.
Assessment: Complaints Upheld
The ASA considered that the images in the ad were explicit and were likely to be seen as sexually provocative. We noted that they appeared on a poster, which was an untargeted medium and situated near to a
public space and where they could be seen by children. We concluded that the sexually suggestive nature of the images meant that they were likely to cause serious or widespread offence to adults in an untargeted medium and were unsuitable for public
display where they could be seen by children.
The ad breached CAP Code clauses 2.2 (Social responsibility) and 5.1 and 5.2 (Offence). The ad must not appear again in its current form.
Preston nutters whinge at lap dancing poster
article from lep.co.uk
A billboard of a glamour model has sparked nutter complaints to the advertising censor.
Lapdancing club Perfect 10s pasted the poster on the side of a cafe in Blackpool Road, Ashton, to advertise an event marking the Preston city centre
venue's seventh anniversary.
The 15ft picture shows a pouting woman peeling her knickers off, with a banner across her chest saying: Say hello to my new boobs for the first time at Perfect 10s.
The Advertising Standards Authority
(ASA) has received three complaints about the poster, which was put up last week.
Some locals believe the billboard, was too graphic. Janine Reynolds said she would not be happy if her two-year-old grandson spotted the picture: The children
from St Andrews School are off for six weeks but they'll still be going on the park opposite. It's the bottom half of the picture – they should have cut it off from the navel down.
The ASA said there are no specific codes regarding nudity in
adverts and context is taken into account.
Businessman Edgar Wallace, part of the consortium which owns Perfect 10s, said: I have not personally received any complaints or heard of any problems about the poster. However, if public opinion
comes out in favour of removing the poster, I will remove it straight away.