Plans for a third lap dancing club in Birmingham’s Broad Street have been greeted by fierce opposition.
In a blunt “enough’s enough” message, businesses claim the sex industry is taking over the city’s golden mile entertainment zone.
Most of the street’s bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels have signed letters urging the council’s licensing committee to reject an application to turn the Boujee Rooms nightclub into a 24-hour lap dancing venue.
Directors of the Broad Street Business Improvement District fear that another lap dancing club will undo efforts to improve the quality of the area.
A letter from the BID team said: “If the council grants licences for additional lap dancing venues, it will undoubtedly lead to an increased perception of seediness that will make it difficult to encourage new higher quality investment.
“We are aware there are crimes that can regularly take place in such premises which can lead to prostitution and abuse of Class A and lesser drugs.
“This is an inappropriate image for Birmingham to be giving to its visitors and citizens, some of whom are at a young and impressionable age.”
The City Centre Partnership warned the proposal would harm efforts to persuade “high quality” tenants to move into Broad Street’s empty premises.
The Partnership said: “An increased number of lap dancing venues could attract an increased number of stag and hen night events which in turn could lead to crime, anti-social behaviour and public nuisance.”
The City Centre Neighbourhood Forum, representing local residents, claimed that customers often “linger” at the back of lap dancing premises in the hope of meeting female performers.
“This could make children feel unsafe going home, worry their parents, and also alarm lone women parking on their way home,” the Forum added.
Members of the council licensing sub-committee will consider the application on June 28.
Leisure Nights, the firm behind the application, was unavailable for comment.