Lap dancing club plans for Doncaster town centre have been rejected following serious concerns about the possible effect on the sensitive work carried out at a neigbouring women’s centre.
Enterprise Inns had applied to change the Loaded pub in Printing Office Street into a strip joint but Doncaster Council members agreed the site was “wholly inappropriate”.
The move was backed by South Yorkshire Police’s superintendent Peter Norman and director of public health Dr Tony Baxter, who both said the venue would have a detrimental impact on the women’s centre service, significantly harming the service the centre provides.
Doncaster Women’s Centre in Cleveland Street provides support for vulnerable disadvantaged women who are experiencing violence, abuse, homelessness, poverty, drug misuse, mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, isolation, loneliness and unemployment.
Ward member Coun John McHale said: “It is inappropriate given its close proximity to the women’s centre and the sensitivity of the work carried out there.”
Coun Jonathan Wood: “It does not contribute to building a positive image for Doncaster and its future.”
Beverley Georgiou, who runs the Four Season cafe next door to the proposed site, said: “It would have only gratified a very small minority.”
Enterprise Inns has confirmed that an appeal will be lodged and the business will continue as normal for now.