Purple Door and Liberte lapdancing clubs get licences renewed by Leeds council

Two lapdancing clubs in Leeds City Centre have had their licences granted for a further year.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 5:00 pm

It follows a meeting at Leeds Civic Hall, during which applicants for Purple Door and Liberte clubs, both on York Place, each had to make their case to renew their sexual entertainment venue licences for a further year.

The meeting was notable due to there being no objections to either applications from outside bodies, as there had been in previous years.

However, the panel chose to reject a proposed change to Purple Door’s licence, after applicants asked for permission to open for a further hour each night.

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Purple Door lapdancing club in York Place.

The council’s licensing sub-committee has to renew licences for sexual entertainment venues each year, as per rules adopted in 2012, which also saw the number of lap dancing clubs in the city reduce from seven to four.

A representative speaking on behalf of Liberte told the panel: “Liberte were one of the seven establishments when the council adopted the legislation. You very kindly granted us a renewal ever since. Most pleasing for me is that we appear before you with no objections at all. It is the first time we have done so.

“There have been no changes in the layout, the way we advertise or operate our premises, and that is all I have to say.”

Chairing the committee, Coun Jess Lennox (Lab) said: “We were very pleased to see such thorough and robust welfare and safety guidance for your dancers, and information about their trade union rights.

“There has been no complaints and no opposition and we are happy that you have been operating within the licence as it stands, and therefore we are happy to grant the licence as applied for for a further year.”

Following Liberte’s hearing, a representative of Purple Door said: “Purple door has been open since 1998. Since the last renewal, there have been no changes to the premises.

Purple Door currently has permission to open from 10pm-4am on Sunday to Thursday, and 10pm-5am on Friday and Saturday. The new application asked for permission to open from 10pm-5am on Sunday to Thursday, and 10pm-6am on Friday and Saturday.

The representative stated that there were only few nearby residential areas, and that most office staff would not be there so early in the morning. She also added that the number of people in the club towards the end of the evening would be minimal.

Following a short discussion among the panel in private, Coun Lennox told the meeting: “We would like to acknowledge your very good record and professional management decisions in the running of the club.

“We do believe there will be people on the streets increasingly at the time of the morning that we are discussing, and residents as well, given the new developments that are coming online in that area.

“There are student flats, Channel 4 will be moving into the area, and there will be increasingly substantial numbers of support workers, cleaners and security coming into the area.

“We will not be granting the extension of the hours but we will be renewing the licence as it currently stands.”