Bristol consultation on closing Strip ClubsDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures; 29/09/2021; Bristol, UK. FILE PICTURE dated 07/03/2021 of dancer AMELIE pictured at Urban Tiger. Bristol City Council has launched a consultation on whether to effectively ban Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs), otherwise known as strip clubs, by imposing a 'nil cap' policy which would lead to Bristol's two female owned strip clubs, Central Chambers and Urban Tiger, not having their licences renewed next year. At least 100 jobs with mainly female workers depend on the two clubs which offer stage shows, pole dancing and lap dances. There have been no breaches of the club's licences or evidence of a rise in crime near the clubs. Previous public consultations showed the majority of respondents were happy for SEVs to operate in Bristol. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, Bristol Labour MPs Thangam Debbonaire and Kerry McCarthy and some womens' groups in Bristol oppose the licence renewals, but some councillors and other groups in the city including burlesque performers and LGBTQ+ campaigners support the clubs to continue, amid debates over the dancers rights to work, equality, feminism, objectifying women and sex related violence. Campaigners for the clubs say that banning strip clubs discriminates against women performers and LGBTQ+ customers and will drive the industry underground with no regulation and threaten the safety of women performers. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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