Two new lap dancing clubs approved for Cardiff

April 5, 2011 5 Comments »
Two new lap dancing clubs approved for Cardiff

lap dancingThe number of lap-dancing clubs in Cardiff will double from two to four, as plans were approved by councillors today.

A pair of sex entertainment businesses want to open new striptease parlours in St Mary Street and at Mill Lane in the city centre.

However, objectors claimed the venues would reinforce negative perceptions of the capital’s nightlife and discourage families from visiting the city.

For Your Eyes Only, which already offers topless dancing on Church Street, has applied for a sex establishment licence to open Blue Velvet at 32 St Mary Street, the old Croupiers Casino. Blue Velvet would open from 11am every day – and until 6am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Helical Bar, landlord of the Royal and Morgan arcades, has objected, arguing the venue would have a “detrimental effect on the character of the city centre”.

Mark Connell, representing Helical Bar, wrote: “Passing visitors, shoppers and residents will continue to have negative stereotypes of St Mary Street reinforced with the introduction of a further lap-dancing club to the area.”

The second strip club – called Sugar at Number 10s – would open in the former basement nightclub Number 10s below Italian restaurant Gios on Mill Lane.

Restaurateur Gio Malacrino confirmed he planned to transfer his licence for the underground venue to Fantasy Lounge, which already runs a strip club at 95 St Mary Street.

“I don’t have a problem at all with it, as long as it’s run professionally and with integrity,” Mr Malacrino said.

Fantasy Lounge managing director Ian Willison said the new club would be aimed at a “business-orientated top end” clientele.

Conservative councillor Lyn Hudson, however, said she was “disgusted” by prospect of more strip clubs in Cardiff.

“Although Cardiff is a big city, we don’t have to encourage places like these. It’s lowering our standards and I’m very disappointed,” she said.

Cathays’ councillor Simon Pickard added: “As long as they don’t add to the existing problems with alcohol consumption in St Mary Street, a variety should be encouraged.

“Ultimately they will only succeed if enough people go there and, in the case of a strip club, if people are prepared to work there too.”

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  1. Nate C April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    "If you build it they will come" or not, if there isn't demand for four strip clubs then they will quickly go out of business – no loss. The current establishments don't cause any detriment to the area, you would barely know they were there – the door staff are keen to keep louts from hanging around outside, and once they're in, they're in…

    Will be funny to see if the Cardiff Feminist Alliance actually picket these, like they did Hooters – or if they're total hypocrites…

  2. splotts_lad April 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Cardiff Council recently rejected an application for a Burlesque club but approve two lap dancing clubs?

    Is the council a good example of the blind leading the stupid?

  3. SouthStand April 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Just goes to show that there is no planning done in the planning department. Its a total farce. I have no real objection to lap dancing clubs but how can this small city be big enough for four lap dancing clubs? There are way too many beer'd up louts in the city in the evening as it is – they don't need any more clubs or bars in my opinion.

  4. @greengranma April 6, 2011 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Already Cardiff City Centre is a nogo area for sane adults. This will make matters worse. it will become a nogo area for women. There is no way that this won't add to the existing problems with alcohol consumption in St Mary Street. Is Cardiff the only capital city with public transport stopped totally through the city on weekend nights for 'safety' reasons. Until this can be fixed then no more permits for clubs of any sort should be granted.

  5. Sanemamma July 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    We call St Mary Street "the human zoo"' it has alienated a lot of local people from the area and attracts the 'get smashed off your face' culture. Why is Cardiff trying to compete with Blackpool. We can aim higher than this, do we really want to copy seedy cities such as new square in Prague?

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