A fourth lap dancing club will open along Birmingham’s Golden Mile after the city’s licensing committee dismissed fears it would be a magnet for rowdy stag parties.
The Boujee Rooms on Broad Street, currently an upstairs nightclub, can now put on strip, pole and lap dancing shows 24 hours a day.
Key to the club winning the approval of Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee was the lack of police objection, making a claim it would increase anti-social behaviour hard to support.
Boujee Rooms now follows the established Rocket Club and Legs 11 nightspots and the recently opened Cyclone club next door offering lap dancing.
Owner Sidney Taylor, who owns nine licensed premises including the Legs 11 club, said: “I am delighted. We work with police and council to ensure our clubs are well run and trouble free.”
His lawyer, Sarah Clover, had earlier told the committee that there have never been formal complaints or objections to any of Mr Taylor’s other premises.
She said: “There is no evidence for the objections. They are all based on the claim it will lower the tone.”
It was also pointed out that, as a nightclub with a 24-hour licence already, this change would have no additional impact.
Business and residents groups including, the City Centre Partnership, The Broad Street Bid and the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum opposed the club.
They fear it could open the floodgates and turn Broad Street further towards binge drinking male only groups and stag parties.
Gordon Keen, manager of the Walkabout bar and chairman of Broad Street Pubwatch, said: “If you increase the number of lap dancing clubs, you increase the number of males coming to the street. It might be good for business in some ways but it will increase public order problems.
“We have tried to encourage more females and students and stopped promotions at weekends to reduce this element.”
The permission may only be temporary as new rules coming in next year will give the council greater control over strip clubs.