Strip clubs and peep shows permanently banned by council

STRIP clubs have been permanently banned by a Scottish council in what is thought to be the first move of its kind.

Saturday, 17th February 2018, 9:37 am
Updated Saturday, 17th February 2018, 9:57 am
East Lothian Council has banned strip clubs  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
East Lothian Council has banned strip clubs (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

East Lothian Council’s crackdown also covers lap-dancing, peep shows and live sex shows.

The area does not presently have any “sexual entertainment venues”, but councillors have taken a legal move to prevent any opening in future.

Councillors said the venues were “not the sort of thing” they want in their area.

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East Lothian councillors unanimously voted in the ban during a licensing committee meeting in Haddington.

A lawyer giving evidence to the sub-committee said: “You have got to make a decision on whether we want to bring in licensing for these venues or make the declaration – we do not want to have them in our authority.”

Councillor John Williamson then told the licensing sub-committee: “On sexual entertainment venues I say, just say ‘no’.

“We discussed what potential places could be, strip clubs and lap-dancing. We think Edinburgh and Glasgow have got them all.”

There are about 12 such venues in Scotland.