Well a few things have come to my attention, as usual rather than create three small entries thought it would be easier to bring up all on the one post.
So first lets take a run up to Inverness where a club has been granted a license. Nice to see that although a few moral objections have been brought up common sense prevailed. Of course the usual comment about how it would increase violence against women, however no reference was made about Lilith. The police had no issues and the venue applying already has met the requirements that would be expected. The bid has been backed by the owners of clubs in Aberdeen and Dundee that have had no trouble in 15 years of business. There was the usual claims also of crime but considering the clubs supporting the bids this seems unlikely. However crime figures for Scotland are not available through the Police.UK site so I haven't tested the theory for Scotland.
So secondly I wanted to pick up on some digging I have done on the use of the freedom of information by people trying to find out about SEV consultations. First no surprise that Tower Hamlets was asked over a year ago about their consultation and even under the FoI no response was given. The was also a request for details about Camden from a Madeleine about consultees. The documents included a statement from the police who summed up with "There is no statistical evidence for a specific crime problem around lap-dancing clubs in Camden." I am sure many people have seen this before but I thought it was a good time to remind readers that as in Scotland where 2 well run clubs have had no problems in 15 years of trading the same seems to be true in London that no excessive crime takes place around striptease venues.
Finally word is out that the Olde Northwood is planning on not renewing its license due to the cost of said process. Although having seen the fees that doesn't ring true. So some more digging maybe required.