Q Club bid for lap dancing and strippers

PUBLISHED: 15:23 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

TEENAGE girls could be dancing naked at a town nightclub under proposals for Exmouth s first strip bar. An application for a licensed VIP Lounge at the Q Club has been blasted by Exmouth s Mayor - who this week declared: This is not Blackpool.

TEENAGE girls could be dancing naked at a town nightclub under proposals for Exmouth's first strip bar.

An application for a licensed 'VIP Lounge' at the Q Club has been blasted by Exmouth's Mayor - who this week declared: "This is not Blackpool."

Q Club owners Paul and Kimberley Kortland have posted a notice at the venue, announcing an application for music and alcohol licences, with additional "similar entertainment".

Closer inspection of the proposals for the Manchester Street club reveal plans for a first-floor VIP Lounge, with lap dancing, pole dancing and striptease - under the banner of "adult entertainment".

The club, which is aiming for a 3am licence, will propose a minimum age of 17 for strippers.

Lounge entrants will be aged 18 and over, according to the plans, and monitored on CCTV. They will be prevented from touching performers - except where "money or tokens are placed into the hands of the performer or into an arm band, waistband, garter or similar receptacle", or in case of a "handshake or kiss at the beginning or end of a performance".

Mayor Joy Whipps said: "My reaction is no, no, no. We are not Blackpool, and this will lower the tone. I will be objecting strongly.

"I'm not being prudish, but we are trying to be a tourist area for families and take Exmouth upmarket a little bit. This gives off the wrong image."

Councillor Whipps said the plans, if granted, would not be a threat to Exmouth Town Council's regeneration plans, but said such a venue would "take the edge off [plans]".

Under the application to East Devon District Council licensing committee, the Q Club will seek a 3am alcohol licence, with provision for music, film and dancing. A proposal to sell late-night refreshments between 11am and 3am has also been tabled.

A public consultation over the plans will remain open until March 13.

Residents of nearby Chester Court, a Manchester Street sheltered home scheme, are gearing up to oppose the application.

Scheme manager Carla McLoughlin, who supported residents in failed opposition of the first 4am Exmouth alcohol licence following a change of laws last year, said: "We will be putting in our objection - there's just that much anti-social behaviour, drunkenness and late-night noise outside already.

"I've been here for six years and it has just got worse and worse.

"Residents don't think it will bring anything positive - and many object on moral grounds."

The Journal contacted Q Club owner Paul Kortland, but he declined to comment on the application until next week's paper.

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