a fine example of local democracy in action, Hackney
Council have ignored the results of their own consultation
on their 'nil policy adult entertainment policy' and
done exactly what they planned all along.
'nil policy' would mean that no licenses would be granted
to strip clubs, sex shops or sex cinema in the borough,
which currently houses some of the oldest strip venues
in the UK. Worse, the council planned to refuse any
license renewals for existing venues.
plan was put out to consultation with the local population.
Unfortunately for the council, the results were not
what they wanted. 66% opposed the ban 66% on sex cinemas
and strip clubs, and 75% opposed the ban on sex shops.
The people who actually lived near the venues were even
more opposed to the ban. The plans were also attacked
by the strippers themselves, the TUC and even the local
Bristow, licensee of The
White Horse (dancer pictured) commented to The Hackney
Citizen: “We felt that doing the survey might
have promoted the voice of people who are against gentleman’s
venues and encouraged them to say ‘we don’t
want them here’. I think the wording of the policy
is very, very wrong, to call us sex establishments implies
that sex is going on behind our doors. It should be
exotic dancing venues, it is very misleading."
that this was going to make much difference. The council
- dominated by anti-porn feminists and under the influence
of extremist organisations like The Fawcett Society
and Object (who want a ban on everything from beauty
pageants and Page 3 Girls up) pushed through their proposal
anyway on January 12th, with the one concession that
existing venues will be allowed to stay open if "they
can demonstrate that their premises is longstanding,
well-run, and does not generate significant levels of
concern among the community and/or statutory authorities."
A nicely vague set of rules that could be easily manipulated
to pick off venues one by one - and once a licence is
refused, there is no appeal.
other boroughs in London (not to mention elsewhere in
the country) are doing likewise - Hammersmith &
Fulham have already adopted a Nil policy with Islington
expected to follow suit, despite there being no evidence
of harm caused by any of these venues - quite
the opposite in fact. Which was no doubt the plan
all along when Labour - egged on by the usual suspects
- changed the law last year to allow venues to be outlawed
for arbitrary moral reasons .