On Friday the Misc Licensing Committee met. On its Agenda was a Change to the Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 on what would be classed as a Sex Establishment. They changes cover 3 parts. Sex Cinemas, Sex Shops and Lap Dancing Clubs. Cornwall does not have any Sex Cinemas, so there will be no change there.
As for Sex Shops (not to be confused as brothels), Cornwall only has one and from what I am told by the Authority this is well run and without incident. As for Lap Dancing Clubs there are a few in Cornwall. 2 of them are located in Newquay. Those in Newquay have attracted a lot of attention over the last few months. I guess it all depends on your moral outlook on this subject. You either think these are totally wrong, or have a place as long as they are heavily regulated to protect the workers.
The full report is here (Agenda)
It was to the credit that the Committee did not just blindly accept this change in Policy. They wanted to make sure that this Policy was fit for purpose and right for Cornwall. To many times in the past rural Authorities have just adopted something that is more suited to a metropolitan area.
This Committee will now be looking into this at length. Not saying they won’t accepted this Policy, but from what I heard the Committee wanted to make sure it was right. They have come from intense pressure from those in the Community who are so against these establishments. I got the feeling that the objections on this are purely from the moral aspect.