Quote:The application for Britain's first public sex licence will be heard today by Southwark council, as Observer revealed last week.
Observer has no evidence that licensing committee chairman Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola and his fellow members are approaching the application with anything but open minds. So Observer regrets if Thursday's story about the application by Wicked, a bondage club beneath London Bridge, implied any lack of impartiality on their part.
However, the business establishment on Bankside is not so constrained. The great and the good are prominent among the 76 letters of objection.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, ANZ Investment Bank and two City livery companies - the Glaziers and Launderers - are among the protestors.
ANZ's letter even hints that having a live sex club on the doorstep could lead it to reconsider its office location.
The police, meanwhile, say they have serious reservations that proprietors Brian (a former policeman) and Caroline Sheridan are "fit and proper" to hold the licence.
The pair, organisers of the "Fetish Olympics", say they are perfect neighbours and do a lot of charity work. No wonder the hearing is scheduled to last into next week.
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