Call to ban all lap dancing clubs and sex shops in Nottingham
SEX shops and lap-dancing clubs should be banned in Nottingham, says the county's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
Chris Cutland claims they are "old fashioned" and "demeaning" to women.
Ms Cutland said: "I would like to see a ban. There is a correlation particularly between how women feel when there are more sex shops and lap-dancing clubs – it makes areas no-go areas for women."
Ms Cutland said research in the London Borough of Camden showed there was a 50 per cent increase in sexual assaults after a rapid expansion of lap-dancing clubs.
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She stressed there was no evidence linking such venues with crime in Notts, but said: "Fortunately there have been no recorded incidents of violence or sexual assault in Notts which can be directly linked to these venues but is that because their presence in the city is very limited at present?"
But one sex shop worker last night rejected the claims, saying: "The days of rain macs have gone".
The city council is asking people for views on its policy for the venues, saying its "preferred option" would be for no lap-dancing clubs or sex shops.
Sex shops selling certain materials, such as R18 rated videos, and strip clubs are controlled by licences issued by the council.
Nottingham has two sex shops, defined as 'sex establishments', Delta Love in Radford Road and Private Shop, Upper Parliament Street.
It has only one lap-dancing club – licensed as a 'sexual entertainment venue' – Flirtz, in Friar Lane.
The Post was unable to contact the owners of Flirtz last night.
But Barry Maltby, who works at Private Shop, said: "I don't understand why they want it banned, we're not harming anybody.
"I can't understand what we've done wrong. What's next, bookies, nightclubs and pubs?
"The council has got no idea what we do here. I think they live in another world.
"There's lots of nice customers come in here, the days of rain macs have gone, it's couples that come in."
Police have not recorded any offences against women at any of the three licensed sex venues in the city. The page on the council's website about the consultation states: "Once we have gathered and considered these views a final decision about the policy is expected to be made by May 2013."
At the moment the council has an interim policy which places no restrictions on the number and location of Sexual Entertainment Venues (lap dancing clubs) or Sex Establishments (private shops).
But the website states that its preferred option would be for no such premises within the city.
The council's consultation survey is available here and closes next Friday, February 22.