Strip bars stay open despite ‘denigration’ fear

TWO strip clubs in Hull have been allowed to stay open, despite objections from residents.

Members of the city council’s licensing committee renewed the Sexual Entertainment Venue licenses of both the Purple Door, in Dock Street, and Fantasy Bar, now called Honey Trap, in George Street.

Humberside Police made no objections to the renewal of either licence, but the council received one letter of objection relating to Purple Door, and 25 relating to Fantasy Bar.

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Objections included claims that the clubs are close to residential areas, leading to noise complaints when customers leave, and that the Honey Trap damages “the image and reputation” of Hull and is “potentially putting University of Hull students at risk”.

One objector wrote: “As I am sure you are aware, sexual violence is underpinned by and rendered more acceptable when located within a wider culture of objectification and sexualisation of young women’s bodies.

“This proposed lap dancing club embodies exactly this kind of highly damaging and negative culture of sexual objectification and denigration of women.”

Others are concerned about the venue’s proximity to Trinity House secondary school, which is due to be moved to George Street.

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Notes to the committee say that objections based on moral grounds or values should not be considered.

Both licences contain strict conditions, including 10 governing the behaviour of performers, and four relating to the premises.

Performers should not engage in prostitution or soliciting, should be fully clothed when not performing, should not fraternise with customers outside, and garters worn for the collection of gratuities “shall be situated no higher than mid-thigh”.

CCTV cameras should continually record all areas where dancing takes place, and no advertising of striptease outside the venue can be made without written consent from the council. Recordings should be kept for 28 days.