Under-threat strip club vows to master the art of invisibility

Silks lap dancing club
Silks lap dancing club
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A Lap dancing club next to a planned new public park in Leeds city centre has pledged to become “invisible” if it is allowed to stay open.

As reported on Friday Silks, which is based in a railway arch at Sovereign Place, is facing a battle to keep its licence after Leeds City Council’s director of development Martin Farrington said it should be shut down. Mr Farrington said the continued operation of a strip club would detract from Sovereign Square – a green space, surrounded by cafes and shops, which is set to open in front of the club premises year.

Club bosses attended a licensing sub-committee meeting yesterday as they applied to renew their licence.

Anthony Lyons, the lawyer representing Silks, said the front of the club would be painted green, instead of purple, to blend in with the new park and all signs would be removed. He added: “We think we can become just about invisible.”

Mr Lyons added that it would be unfair to shut the club, which has operated for six years and has about 25 staff and 50 dancers on its books, a year before the new park is due to open.

“We see this as a premature objection,” he said.

The council has closed three lap dance clubs since introducing a new policy last September, which said they should not operate in “sensitive” locations.

A decision on Silks will be made within two weeks.

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