Licence renewal victory for York venue Upstairs, situated above Mansion nightclub in Micklegate

York Press: Lap-dancing club to remain open Lap-dancing club to remain open

YORK’S only lap-dancing club can stay open after councillors renewed its licence despite objections by a feminist group.

The York Feminist Network had urged City of York Council to turn down an application by Upstairs, situated above the Mansion nightclub in Micklegate, for a renewal of its 12-month licence.

It claimed in December that the club was too close to several organisations working with vulnerable groups, such as a domestic abuse service, women’s counselling service and an organisation supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. It also claimed the club contributed to making Micklegate feel a no-go area for women, as it made them feel threatened or uncomfortable.

But club owner Andrew Whitney denied this. He claimed closure would result in up to 40 dancers losing their jobs and could threaten the whole nightclub’s viability.

He said the club itself had many female customers who came with their partners or with other women, and the lap dancing was promoted in such a discreet way that many people in the nightclub below did not even realise it was there.

The council’s licensing committee approved the application earlier this week. Licensing manager Lesley Cooke said members were satisfied that none of the grounds for refusal were established and therefore the licence could be renewed.

Mr Whitney said the group’s concerns about the organisations working with vulnerable women had been dismissed because their offices were all closed long before the club opened its doors at 9pm.

The Feminist Network said in a statement it regretted York had decided not to join an increasing number of councils across the UK, such as Leeds and Oxford, which had “prioritised women’s safety and said no to the objectification of women – as advised by the Equality Act 2010”.

It said it was committed to collaborating with local residents and women’s groups across the UK to re-launch the campaign next year.

“We are confident that with time and more education on gender equality, and the harmful effects of sexual entertainment venues, the outdated views of the councillors will change,” it added.

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9:50am Sat 1 Feb 14

chelk says...

At last a decision the council has made I agree with. They did not allow themselves to be bullied by these various groups I personally did not know that there was a lap dancing club in York all these groups have done is give this club a lot of free advertising I am sure the club is very pleased.
At last a decision the council has made I agree with. They did not allow themselves to be bullied by these various groups I personally did not know that there was a lap dancing club in York all these groups have done is give this club a lot of free advertising I am sure the club is very pleased. chelk
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10:34am Sat 1 Feb 14

Justin7 says...

Agreed. I had no idea about this club. I do now.

Birthday treat for a good friend of mine now in work! :)
Agreed. I had no idea about this club. I do now. Birthday treat for a good friend of mine now in work! :) Justin7
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11:44am Sat 1 Feb 14

Daisy75 says...

Although to be fair, I didn't know York Feminist Network existed either. Lots of publicity for both.
Although to be fair, I didn't know York Feminist Network existed either. Lots of publicity for both. Daisy75
  • Score: -56

4:05pm Sat 1 Feb 14

mike.......durkin says...

it is dear in there but we did have a fun and good times the girls are good workers and no wot thay doing.thay cept me happy.....
it is dear in there but we did have a fun and good times the girls are good workers and no wot thay doing.thay cept me happy..... mike.......durkin
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6:57pm Sat 1 Feb 14

muckybutt says...

mike.......durkin wrote:
it is dear in there but we did have a fun and good times the girls are good workers and no wot thay doing.thay cept me happy.....
Translated :
"It is quite expensive in the club, I had a great time in there watching the ladies get their kit off, they are great at their job and really know what they are doing. I left with a smile on my face".

Great use of the English language Mike!

Glad the Club and the Council saw sense and over ruled these politically correct moronic womens libbers
[quote][p][bold]mike.......durkin[/bold] wrote: it is dear in there but we did have a fun and good times the girls are good workers and no wot thay doing.thay cept me happy.....[/p][/quote]Translated : "It is quite expensive in the club, I had a great time in there watching the ladies get their kit off, they are great at their job and really know what they are doing. I left with a smile on my face". Great use of the English language Mike! Glad the Club and the Council saw sense and over ruled these politically correct moronic womens libbers muckybutt
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7:14pm Sat 1 Feb 14

tricky1992000 says...

Feminists trying to deny employment and choice for other women again.
Feminists trying to deny employment and choice for other women again. tricky1992000
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2:56am Sun 2 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Well I'm glad the council's licensing committee are living in the 21st century, as opposed to the feminist's who seem to still be living in 1947.

I didn't know York had a lap dancing venue, until it was shown on a TV show presented by comedian Ross Noble....
Well I'm glad the council's licensing committee are living in the 21st century, as opposed to the feminist's who seem to still be living in 1947. I didn't know York had a lap dancing venue, until it was shown on a TV show presented by comedian Ross Noble.... Magicman!
  • Score: -35

2:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

wimtroch says...

Thank God, one council that does not give in to the PC brigade and makes a sound commercial, economic decision rather than giving in to 'hurt feelings,, totally out of sync with the real world' PC, backwards pressure groups
Thank God, one council that does not give in to the PC brigade and makes a sound commercial, economic decision rather than giving in to 'hurt feelings,, totally out of sync with the real world' PC, backwards pressure groups wimtroch
  • Score: -21

8:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

geoff tibletts says...

I see the vote rigging fairy has been busy again.
I see the vote rigging fairy has been busy again. geoff tibletts
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9:26am Mon 3 Feb 14

meme says...

How many members does the York Feminist Network in York have please?
How many members does the York Feminist Network in York have please? meme
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12:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

meme wrote:
How many members does the York Feminist Network in York have please?
I don`t know, but I object to it because its a no go area for men.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: How many members does the York Feminist Network in York have please?[/p][/quote]I don`t know, but I object to it because its a no go area for men. gwen4me
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