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At last we have powers to stop seedy sex clubs on our doorstep

PUBLISHED: 08:17 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE proliferation of strip clubs in London’s East End over the last few years has concerned many families ion the area. The local authority report into how best to use existing legislation to prevent these establishments blighting our community will be implemented as soon as possible

Dear Editor,

THE proliferation of strip clubs in London’s East End over the last few years has concerned many families in the area.

Strip clubs bring with them a whole host of anti-social behaviour problems, especially a City Fringe area like Tower Hamlets where residential and commercial properties exist on top of each other.

A loophole in licensing regulations which classify these venues in the same category as pubs and cafes has led to their numbers more than doubling since 2004.

The local authority at Tower Hamlets commissioned a report last year into how best to use existing legislation to prevent these establishments from blighting our community. That report was presented in December and its recommendations will be implemented as soon as possible.

I have also been campaigning with other councillors and with women’s groups to make sure this loophole is closed and strip clubs are classified as sex encounter’ establishments, something that gives local authorities more power to deny planning applications.

I am pleased to say that in the Queen’s speech in December our campaign was successful and the legal loophole was closed.

The decision to classify these clubs as sex encounter’ establishments shows that the Government is putting the needs of communities first.

We have both the political will and the legal powers now to protect our communities from these seedy establishments and the public nuisance associated with them.

Cllr Rania Khan (Lab)

Bromley-by-Bow

Tower Hamlets Council

Town Hall, Blackwall


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