Strip bar go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 02:01 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S first-ever strip bar will open after The Q Club was this week given the go-ahead to stage lap dancing and 'other adult entertainment'. The Q Club, in Manchester Street, was given the controversial licence on Tuesday by district councillors des

EXMOUTH'S first-ever strip bar will open after The Q Club was this week given the go-ahead to stage lap dancing and 'other adult entertainment'.The Q Club, in Manchester Street, was given the controversial licence on Tuesday by district councillors - despite pleas from residents and businesses.It entitles licence holders Paul and Kimberly Kortland to host lap dancing, pole dancing and striptease within a VIP lounge.Initially, they asked for a 3am licence and proposed the hiring of dancers with a minimum age of 17.However, the Kortlands have imposed their own conditions, including CCTV, a midnight licence, door staff, and a register of addresses for all members - and raising the minimum age of dancers to 18.Currently, the club has a permit for music, but Exmouth Mayor Joy Whipps was critical of the adult entertainment plan and had previously branded the application as 'immoral'.She told the Journal this week: "I am very disappointed and surprised the police did not object. I cannot help feeling that, if they had, the licensing board would have listened to the arguments more closely."The police are always saying that every Friday and Saturday night there is trouble in the town centre - and this is not going to help."The objections put to the licensing committee were prevention of crime, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.But, despite Phil Aherne, landlord of The Viper pub, in Victoria Road, presenting footage of yobbish behaviour of crowds outside the club, councillors were satisfied."What can I say? Exmouth has gone right downhill," he said. "It's going to be a dirty perverts' club - Exmouth is no longer a seaside resort." Carla McLoughlin, warden at nearby Chester Court, last year supported the residents' failed opposition to a 4am alcohol licence.She said: "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."Retired policemen Len Stanyer, of Chester Court, said: "Drunken people urinate through the railings into the courtyard of Chester Court, and I have been confronted by abuse and personal violence." l The Journal tried to contact Mr Kortland, but had not spoken with him at the time of going to press.

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