22 April 2009

Avonmore residents win stripclub battle

The news that there will be no licence for lapdancing at the Crescent Club in North End Crescent has been greeted as a victory by local residents who have fought a nine month battle with the owners.

This week West London Magistrates’ Court confirmed that the Crescent Club have withdrawn their appeal against refusal of a strip club licence.

The residents' well-organised campaign leading up to the licensing panel hearing achieved a unanimous rejection of the licence last November. Close monitoring by residents of the club over the past six months produced a weight of evidence of anti-social behaviour for the appeal hearing.

Now there are suggestions that the Crescent Club may seek to expand as a nightclub, with opening hours extending to 4am. Instead, the Tory council should review its existing licence to open to 2am at weekends and 12 on weekdays, given the disruption currently being caused to local residents.

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