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'Sleazy' strip club is 'amazing', panel told
CUSTOMERS of the only strip club in Oxford have urged council bosses to renew its licence with praise for its “amazing” ladies.
But objectors said The Lodge should be forced to close as it is near a college, ice rink and coach park and objectifies women.
The Oxpens Road venue has applied to Oxford City Council to renew its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence from the authority.
In public responses published by the council – where names are blacked out – one says it is “one of the best clubs I have ever visited”.
He said: “This club provides excellent entertainment of high standard and I frequently take my wife with me when visiting.”
The entertainment is “at a level that others would do well to aspire to” he added.
One said: “The expertise exhibited by these ladies whilst carrying out their craft is truly amazing.”
One dancer said she “truly enjoys” the job, saying it “pays towards the necessities of life which my full-time job cannot currently fulfil”.
The club, formerly The Coven, got the licence last June after losing the right to continue as Thirst Lodge in Pennyfarthing Place over concerns about its town centre location.
Co-owner Al Thompson said The Lodge said: “Nothing in our location has changed to deem the location inappropriate.”
Eighteen objections were received with concerns over its location opposite Oxford & Cherwell Valley College’s main campus, and near the ice rink and coach park.
Susanna Pressel, Labour city councillor for Jericho and Osney, said: “This sleazy club is an insult to women and unworthy of our city.”
St Ebbe’s New Development Residents’ Association said the location is “most inappropriate for entertainment of this sort”.
It said: “It would be hard to find a place in Oxford more full of impressionable young people.”
The council’s licensing and registration sub-committee will be asked to make a decision on September 24.