Friday, December 21, 2018

News: Views sought on sex establishments rules

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Council leaders are seeking residents' views around where would or would not be an appropriate place for sex establishments like strip or lap dancing clubs to be allowed in Rotherham.

At the current time any applications are judged under the policy for bars and nightclubs. Now Rotherham Council is proposing a specific policy covering sex establishments.

A new policy could mean applications being refused in certain locations, including near schools, places of worship, women's refuges, play areas and family leisure facilities like theatres.

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At the same time the Council wants to introduce regulations to ensure those working in such premises are treated fairly. Workers in sex-establishments across the country are often classed as self-employed and therefore denied the benefits of being an employee, but without the freedom of self-employment.

There are currently no regulations to stop those running sex establishments imposing fines on their workers, even for minor infringements.

Cllr. Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety at Rotherham Council, said: "We need to look again at this particular industry in Rotherham.

"It is time we reviewed the licensing around sex establishments, ensuring we have the best interests of our communities at heart when applications are heard. This is why we want to seek residents' views."

The consultation will run until February 20 2019.

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5 comments:

Rod Laughton December 21, 2018 at 10:41 AM  
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Anonymous,  December 21, 2018 at 10:56 AM  

Where are these "establishments" think Rotherham is one of few towns to have none,can hardly count Renoirs as a "sex"establishment!

Anonymous,  December 21, 2018 at 9:45 PM  

Feel it’s very unfair that a picture of Renoir’s has been used when it’s no longer a lap dancing club, infact if don’t think there is any in Rotherham any more, what’s the point in regulating something that doesn’t exist

Unknown December 22, 2018 at 10:13 PM  

equal rules should apply to any and all establishments!, for instance women do not object to venue,s that have male strippers on usually with no rules whatsoever!, i wonder why double standards are acceptable?.

Anonymous,  December 24, 2018 at 11:57 AM  

Exactly,another think added to the many things Rotherham dosnt have,hence why people turn back on town for nights out.Town.us run.like a small rural parish ,not a major town of over 1/4 milion people,this is why people go Barnsley,Doncaster,Sheffield,infact anywhere is better.Rotherham needs to get into 21st century!

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