Sex entertainment venues in Swansea facing ban in planning switch
SEX entertainment venues in the city centre could be capped at "nil".
A new policy on the licensing of sex establishments is set to go before Swansea Council cabinet members this week, and there are a number of proposed changes.
These include a presumption that "applications for sex establishments outside the city area and sexual entertainment venues in the city centre areas will normally be refused". The changes also call for "an appropriate number of nil for sexual entertainment venues in the city centre area".
UK legislation states that councils can impose control over the number of sex establishments in an area and the number of types of venue.
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And the legislation says this number can be zero.
However, one licence has already been granted in the city centre, and that is not due to expire until April 13, next year.
Officers said this would have to be taken into consideration when setting a cap for the city centre.
The proposed changes in policy for the City and County of Swansea follow calls from councillors.
"Members have requested that the current policy is reviewed with a view to introducing an appropriate number of nil for sexual entertainment venues in the city centre," said the report going before Swansea Council's cabinet members on Thursday.
"It is not proposed that an appropriate number will be considered for other types of sex establishments and any such applications will be continued to be dealt with on their merits."
A sex entertainment venue is defined as any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer.
The types of entertainment include lap dancing, pole dancing, strip shows, peep shows and live sex shows.
Club bid caught in legal wrangle
ONE of the most high-profile licence wrangles involved a venue next to a Swansea church.
Thomas Bellis Leisure Ltd fought a long-running battle to run the former Jager bar on York Street as a venue offering nude dancing and strip shows under the name of Bellissima.
The firm successfully applied for a sexual entertainment licence for the club — but was then told the business could not open as intended because a licensed sex entertainment venue was not permitted under the conditions of the lease.
Swansea Council is the landlord and joint lease-holder of the property.
Haydn Davies, pastor at the neighbouring York Place Baptist Chapel, described the planned club as an “affront to God” and led a campaign to block them.
The venue has now opened as a bar and lounge under the name Club Rouge.