Tuesday 18 May 2004 12.32pm
Just want to draw your attention to a planned lapdancing club on Tooley Street
. There is a planning application on 56-58 Tooley Street
for a change of use from A3 (Restaurant/Winebar) to D2 (Live entertainment/Nightclub) to include the blacking out of windows. The planning officer is in favour of the applicationand even stated to me that he would encourage this type of use in this part of Southwark as he deems it to be a visitor attraction and of benefit to the tourists. He also steted on numerous occassions that there were no residents in the area and that no-one would be affected.
I am not normally one to complain about these things and am usually allegic to letter writing but his attitude really annoyed me especially as there is already to be another stripclub on the site of the old Club Wicked some 100 yards away.
The planner believes that there is room for more nightclubs in the area and discounts any increase in noise, rubbish etc or even that it would be a shame to black out the windows next to the bike shop (On Your Bike) who use their windows well.
I mentioned that it is next to visitor attractions where the customers are invariably children i.e London Dungeon
and Britain at War but he said that even with the future Unicorn theatre that it wasn't a planning issue because they were moral objections and that the sight of posters of scantily clad women or the presence of them enticing customers into the arches was of moral concern only.
Anyway the application number is 04-AP-0450 and if anyone is minded to object they need to do so quickly as the application notices have repeatedly been torn down so that no-one knows about it. They did the same when they were applying for a 24 hour club in December.