Dancers at a Birmingham strip club have been ordered to cover up when they go out for a cigarette, following complaints from local residents.
It is claimed that scantily-dressed women have been smoking on the terrace at Legs 11, in Gas Street.
The club’s licence application hangs in the balance because of the separate issue of noise levels which owners of nearby city centre apartments say is causing a nightmare.
Broad Street manager Mike Olley said: “There are some general issues with noise and while I’m sympathetic with residents, I am also sympathetic with people who run businesses.
“They are required to absorb all the noise created internally and I gather that any issues surround taxis using their horns to alert people, which they shouldn’t do, and people making a noise as they leave.
“There’s a very fine balancing act to be struck between the night-time economy and the people who choose to live around Broad Street.”
Councillors meeting today will consider complaints from residents of Berkley Court and Friday Wharf regarding noise, the sight of scantily-clad women and the number of lapdancing clubs in the city.
A letter has also been sent to Birmingham’s Safeguarding Children’s Board to reassure them that no images of naked or semi-naked women will be visible from outside the premises.
CCTV is also to be fitted inside private booths at the club. The letter from the club’s agent, Terry Poultney, states that this is to “negate any accusations of illegal activity and offer protection to the dancers”.
Mr Poultney said: “Our policy has always been that employees must be suitably dressed when they go outside so I believe that these claims are nonsense. The police have no objections to the application. We absorb all of our noise and we make every effort to make sure that there are no large groups or stag parties leaving later than 10pm.”