NOWHERE in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is suitable for a strip club, according to a senior Conservative councillor.

Cabinet member Beverley Dunlop gave her view in an objection “in the strongest terms” to Wiggle applying to renew its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence for its Bournemouth town centre premises.

Councillor Dunlop has called on BCP Council’s licensing sub-committee to reject the application when the proposal is discussed at a meeting on Thursday, May 26.

Wiggle management say the Old Christchurch Road venue is an established business which works closely with statutory authorities.

In her objection, Cllr Dunlop, portfolio holder for culture and vibrant places, said “low-end establishments exacerbate” issues with anti-social behaviour at and around Horseshoe Common.

“Two SEVs ensure it is firmly on the bottom rung of the night-time economy,” said Cllr Dunlop. “This is especially disturbing to nearby residents.”

The Moordown ward councillor said activities at lap dancing clubs are detrimental to gender equality.

She said BCP Council should take the lead from other local authorities who are taking action by refusing the licences for “these harmful clubs”.

Councillor Dunlop added: “Within vibrant places I have an aspiration to create a cultural action zone in the Horseshoe Common area to make it a safe place for visitors and residents, in particular to attract young people and families.

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Beverley DunlopCllr Beverley Dunlop

“A change of identity will percolate into (Old) Christchurch Road and slowly bring about a change of the area, attracting a different crowd.

“This will drive up the quality of the area so that residents and visitors can enjoy a safe and pleasant environment.

“SEV clientele are the complete opposite of the visitor we want to attract, not just to this area but to the conurbation.

“There is certainly no place for them in an area that will be designed for families and young people who need positive role models and messages.”

A second objection has been submitted by independent councillor Lisa Northover, who claims she has witnessed the club breaking its licence conditions.

No objection from the police can be seen on the council papers, while a report to the sub-committee says there have been no incidents with regard to sexual assault or public space violence since the last renewal.

The report said a third objection was not included as it was based on “moral grounds”.

Taran Ojla, Wiggle general manager, said Bournemouth was a vibrant town with a “thriving and safe night-time economy”.

Bournemouth Echo: Wiggle has operated from the same site in Old Christchurch Road for many yearsWiggle has operated from the same site in Old Christchurch Road for many years

“Our venue has operated in Bournemouth for over 20 years, where we have worked closely with statutory authorities; whom have not objected to our licence,” Mr Ojla said.

“We are an established business, which provides entertainment for all to enjoy.

“Many hen parties, stag parties and birthday parties are celebrated every year across Bournemouth; and we aim to continue to provide an environment for regulated entertainment.”

If approved, Wiggle’s renewal would permit the premises to continue to operate as a lap dancing club for a further 12-month period.

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