VIP strip club anger

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

A MOVE by the mayor to campaign against a town strip bar has been knocked back because it could comprise colleagues at the district council and break the councillors' code of conduct. Mayor Joy Whipps was angered when she learned of the plans to create

A MOVE by the mayor to campaign against a town strip bar has been knocked back - because it could comprise colleagues at the district council and break the councillors' code of conduct.Mayor Joy Whipps was angered when she learned of the plans to create a VIP lounge at the Q Club, which was reported in last week's Journal.But five members of the town council - David Chapman, Pat Graham, Darryl Nicholas, John Humphreys and May Hardy - also make up one-third of East Devon's 15-member licensing committee, which will make recommendations on the plans.The mayor Joy Whipps said at the full council meeting on Monday: "My phone has not stopped ringing from people who are against it."She asked members of the council to back her in writing to East Devon District Council against the plans.However, Councillor Trevor Cope urged caution - saying he had done something similar when he went against the building of a petrol station, and incurred the wrath of district council officers. "There could be a conflict of interest - it is very difficult to make comments because of the code of practice," he said.Cllr Eileen Wragg said: "We have to be very, very careful - we could be comprising colleagues."I also do not think it is the burning issue you say it is. People in my ward (the town ward where the club is based) have not complained about it."Councillor Pauline Stott said: "For once, I agree with Trevor - the decision should be left to licensing, and the town council have no say in the matter."Town clerk John Wokersien said the only grounds on which the public could object to the club were if they felt it would create crime and disorder, a public nuisance, affect public safety or to protect children from harm.

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