Councillors ‘put their morals aside’ to approve lap dancing application

Brown's Cocktail Bar on Dolphin Lane, in Boston.
Brown's Cocktail Bar on Dolphin Lane, in Boston.

Plans to allow a bar to be used for lap dancing have been passed by Boston Borough Council.

At a meeting of the authority’s planning committee councillors expressed their ‘disgust’ over plans to allow a bar to be used for lap dancing – but allowed the plans saying they would ‘have to put their personal morals aside and accept not everyone has the same view of life’.

The plans for Brown’s Cocktail Bar, on Dolphin Lane, were submitted to committee due to the nature of the proposed venue – with councillors asked to look at the affect the plans could have on surrounding shop frontages and whether it would harm nearby amenities.

Discussing the plans, Mayor of Boston Coun Stephen Woodliffe said: “I think the whole business of lap dancing is disgusting personally and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it - but I’m not here to judge other people’s morals.”

Coun Jonathon Noble expressed concerns over the effect on the ‘nature or character of the area’.

“Obviously, Boston wants to be a pleasant, family friendly market town and I just worry whether this kind of business will enhance that reputation,” he said.

He pointed to other applications for gambling venues saying these kinds of businesses ‘do nothing to enhance’ the town.

Coun Woodliffe, however, added: “I would consider granting it much against my moral view of life.

“I completely understand Jonathan Noble’s concerns but we’re not here to judge other people’s morals.”

Coun Yvonne Stevens said she imagined similar venues ‘charged massive amounts of money’ and so it wouldn’t be ‘disreputable people that would go’.

Committee chairman Alison Austin said: “I think this is a case of we have to put our personal morals to one side and accept not everyone has the same view of life.”

Councillors voted last Thursday to approve the application.

The business does, however, still have to apply for a sexual entertainments venue licence and a council spokesman confirmed an application had not yet been received.