West Norfolk councillors set down rules for the sex trade in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton
It may not quite be Amsterdam or the Reeperbahn. But councillors in West Norfolk are looking to regulate the borough's less than burgeoning sex trade.
They're meeting tomorrow to discuss a new draft Statement of Licensing Policy for Sex Establishments.
'Whilst there is no legal requirement that the Council adopts a Statement of Licensing
Policy for Sex Establishments it is considered good practice to do so,' a report accompanying the document says.
'The policy sets out the Borough Council's functions in relation to the licensing of sex
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establishments in a clear and transparent way for the benefit of potential applicants,
relevant stakeholders and the general public.'
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The draft includes sex shops, sex cinemas and 'sexual entertainment venues'.
It states licence holders must keep a record of the names and addresses of all employees and make these available to the council or police on request.
Of sexual entertainment venues, it states all performers must be aged 18 or over.
'Striptease and nudity shall not be visible from outside the premises,' it adds. 'The layout of premises should be as such to ensure that this requirement applies equally when doors are open for access and egress.'
West Norfolk's regeneration and environment panel meet to discuss the report tomorrow.