City centre nightspots are opposing plans for another lap dancing venue on Broad Street in Birmingham, claiming that it could lead to prostitution, crime and disorder.
City licensing chiefs will meet next week to consider the Cyclone Club's application for a nude entertainment licence. The club wants to put on table, pole and lap dancing in its first floor bar until 6am seven days a week.
It must first overcome official objections from the Broad Street Business Improvement District, which represents local businesses, and Pubwatch, the landlords neighbourhood watch scheme.
Both claim that another strip club will encourage crime, such as prostitution and drug abuse, or at least add to the perception that such crimes are being committed.
Broad Street is covered by a special licensing policy which means that new clubs, or clubs making significant changes, have to prove that they will not add to crime and disorder in the area.
A BID spokesman said: “If the council grants licenses for additional lap dancing venues in the area it will undoubtedly lead to an increased perception of crime.
“We are also aware that there are other crimes that will regularly take place inside such premises which can lead to prostitution and abuse of class A and lesser drugs.
“Although we recognise that adult entertainment has its place in a modern, cosmopolitan city, the location and number of such establishments is hugely important.
“We do not wish Broad Street to be compromised any further with lap dancing clubs and this would be a most inappropriate development for the street.”
The Pubwatch group echoes the statement in its submissions to the licensing committee.
Cyclone, which is owned by Mischkas Ltd, said it has robust management and security procedures, including door staff to ensure that there is no underage sales or access, drug taking and that all activities are carried out responsibly.
West Midlands Police has not submitted any objections to Cyclone.