Petition to: Stop the opening of a strip club in Hounslow

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to Stop the opening of a strip club in Hounslow. More details

Petition update 3 from the council, 28 June 2011

Petition Update

Councillor Brad Fisher expressed the concerns of a large number of
residents who objected to the opening of the Mist sex establishment in Hounslow. He regretted that the premises had opened but understood why the Council had been unable to act to prevent it. However, he asked that the 912 voices represented by the petition would not go unheeded when the Council came to consider new legislation that would allow the control of such venues.

The Mayor then invited Councillor Ed Mayne, Executive Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, to speak to the petition. Councillor Mayne advised that he had previously explained how the venue had come to open locally and that the Council had been unable in law to prevent this. However, he stated that the Licensing Committee was due to consider whether or not to adopt the new Licensing Act at its meeting on 8th March 2011 and that the issue of sex establishments was to be discussed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 2nd February 2011.

The Mayor put the matter to the vote and it was RESOLVED.

Petition update 2 from the council, 07 April 2011

Local people will have a greater say over where, and how many, lap dancing clubs open and operate in their neighbourhood.

Councillors approved plans to change the existing licensing policy which previously only covered premises such as sex shops and sex cinemas.

A new policy will set out the council’s proposed approach to licensing sexual entertainment venues in the borough, and give clear guidance to licence holders, applicants and people wishing to make comments on licence applications.

Cllr Tom Bruce, chair of the licensing committee, said: “This is a positive step forward because these new measures give us greater power and control locally over these types of premises. We will be consulting on the new policy in the near future, and I hope residents will let us know what they think of it.”

Although there is no legal requirement for the council to adopt a policy on how it proposes to licence sex establishments and sexual entertainment venues, the licensing committee recommended adopting such a policy last month.

This will help ensure consistency and transparency in the way the council’s licensing functions in relation to sex establishments and sexual entertainment venues are carried out.

Petition update 1 from the council, 21 January 2011

This petition was considered by Borough Council in December 2010.

It was noted that as a result of the Licensing Act 2003, the Council was only able to accept objections to a premises such as this if they fell into the four statutorily acceptable categories and in the case of this club, none had been received during the initial process for the application for a licence.

In lieu of any such objections, the Council was obliged to agree the licence.

However, the Council had imposed 55 conditions on the licence. The Council could also choose to adopt the Policing and Crime Act 2009 which would require the premises to re-apply for its licence during which time there would be a new consultation period and people could object the application.

More details from petition creator

Ward affected: Hounslow West Lead Member: Cllr. Ed Mayne Being presented to Borough Council on December 14th, 2010.

Current signatories

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