Residents up in arms over sex shops

Residents have objected after two sex shops on the same street applied to have their licences renewed.

Darker Enterprises has applied to Bradford Council for the renewal of a sex shop licence for premises at 149 Manningham Lane, Bradford, while Kevin Haigh has applied to renew the licence at nearby Scene One, located at 145 Manningham Lane.

A petition, signed by 96 residents, has been raised on the grounds that sex shops are inappropriate for the local community and businesses in the area, as well as being a bad influence for children.

Meanwhile, Councillor Qasim Khan has submitted a letter of objection to the Council's Miscellaneous Licences Panel, which will consider the applications during its next meeting on Friday at City Hall.

He said: "As a local businessman, chairman of governors at a local primary school and a ward councillor, I hereby object to the renewal of licence to operate an adult shop at 149 Manningham Lane, Bradford.

"The local community strongly objects to having this sex shop in the area. I believe the licence should be revoked because this sex shop would have and has had detrimental effect on the young children.

"The children need to be protected from the immoral and corrupting influence."

A Council officers' report, to go before the licensing committee, points out case law has stated moral grounds are not a relevant consideration when determining an application for a licence.

Both premises legally operated as unlicensed sex shops from 1982 until 2001, when sex shop licences were granted.

The report says subsequent applications for renewal were processed without objection.

An application to amend the conditions relating to the display of goods at 149 Manningham Lane was granted subject to revised conditions on July 27 this year, meaning the shop is allowed to have provocative window displays, including lingerie on mannequins.

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