Hackney Council’s licensing committee is inviting residents to help shape the borough’s town centres by taking part in a public consultation looking at the way sex establishments are licensed.
The licensing committee is responsible for regulating sex shops, sex cinemas and sex entertainment venues, such as lapdancing clubs and erotic dancing venues, and has drafted a new policy to determine whether and how to grant sex establishment licences in Hackney.
A "nil" policy is being proposed which would mean that no licenses would normally be granted to sex establishment in Hackney. The licensing committee wants to know whether local people think this is appropriate.
Residents’ views will help the committee determine a policy based on local knowledge about the impact of sex establishments on the local community, which may, for example, include concerns about noise and anti-social behaviour or their effect on local businesses.
A consultation is now underway - you can read all the background information online here and fill in the survey online. The deadline for responses is 13th December.