Lap danc­ing Pub granted licence to hold more events later this year

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AV­ENUE in Chel­tenham that has held lap danc­ing nights dur­ing the town’s rac­ing fes­ti­val has been given per­mis­sion to hold more sex­ual en­ter­tain­ment events dur­ing the year.

Coun­cil­lors on Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee unan­i­mously backed a re­quest to add ex­tra dates to host sex­ual en­ter­tain­ment nights in Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber to co­in­cide with other key meet­ings at Chel­tenham Race­course.

The venue, the 2 Pigs pub, just off the Lower High Street and yards from the town’s parish church, Chel­tenham Min­ster, hosts sex­ual en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the big­gest rac­ing event of the year, The Fes­ti­val, ev­ery March.

The ex­tra events were granted last week.

The licence will run from 8pm to 5am from Friday, Oc­to­ber 25 to Sunday, Oc­to­ber 27, to co­in­cide with The Show­case, and from 8pm to 5am from Friday, Novem­ber 15 to Monday, Novem­ber 18 for The Novem­ber Meet­ing, and De­cem­ber 13 and 14.

The pre­vi­ous licence agree­ment was

granted in 2017 de­spite more than 50 let­ters of ob­jec­tion.

The pub will be able to host lap danc­ing or­gan­ised by Red Ap­ple As­so­ci­ates, which uses the trad­ing name Erot­i­cats.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Red Ap­ple As­so­ci­ates de­clined to speak to the Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice af­ter the meet­ing.

Con­cerns were raised by the di­rec­tor of Glouces­ter­shire Rape and Sex­ual Abuse Cen­tre (GRASAC), Mag­gie Stew­art, about sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault dur­ing The Fes­ti­val.

She said there was a sex­ual as­sault dur­ing The Fes­ti­val the year, but a coun­cil of­fi­cer said Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary con­firmed that the as­sault was not con­nected to the 2 Pigs event.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, Ms Stew­art said: “It was in­evitable that the 2 Pigs would be granted the vari­a­tion to the licence. But I hoped they would con­sider it a lit­tle bit more.

“At the end it ap­peared to be a fait ac­com­pli, and what­ever was men­tioned was go­ing to be dis­missed very quickly.”

Com­mit­tee chair, David Willing­ham (LD, St. Peters), said af­ter the meet­ing: “We want ev­ery­one who is en­gaged with sex­ual en­ter­tain­ment – whether they are per­former, op­er­a­tor or cus­tomer – to be safe.

“We want ev­ery­one to be safe when they are go­ing out in Chel­tenham.

“The prob­lem is that when you have a large in­flux of peo­ple, you will have a small mi­nor­ity who are out to cause trou­ble for oth­ers and a spike of crime dur­ing race week.

“You have to be care­ful to what you at­tribute it to.”

2 Pigs in Chel­tenham

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