LaDIYfest Sheffield have been made aware that the Sheffield Feminist Network are calling on the Sheffield Council to reject the application for a renewal of the SEV (Sexual Entertainment Venue) licence from lap dancing clubs, Spearmint Rhino and Villa Mercedes. The have been circulating the following message:
“MEETING TO OBJECT TO RE-LICENSING OF SEXUAL ENTERTAINMENT VENUES
SPEARMINT RHINO & VILLA MERCEDES
WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY 6pm SHOWROOM CAFE
Spearmint Rhino and Villa Mercedes-2 sex clubs ‘officially’ called ‘sexual entertainment venues’- have their Sexual Entertainment Venue Licenses up for renewal with Sheffield Council.
There will be a meeting to discuss how to effectively object to these joints being re-licensed at THE SHOWROOM CINEMA CAFE AT 6PM ON WEDNESDAY 20th MAY.
Objections can be sent to the Council-email address below.
Councils are legally obliged only to consider objections under 4 grounds, called licensing objectives.
Here’s the Council’s Licensing Policy (currently under review) just in case you are struggling to make representation against the 4 licensing objectives – https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/business-economy/licensing/general-licensing/alcohol/licensing-act-2003/statement-of-licensing-policy.html
Object in writing to the Licensing Department by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for representations is 28th May.
Your representation must be relevant to one or more of the licensing objectives:
– The prevention of crime and disorder
– Public safety
– The prevention of public nuisance
– The protection of children from harm
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS and let me know if you plan to make a representation.
Come and join us on Wednesday. ********* Let them know that WOMEN’S BODIES ARE NOT FOR SALE ****************************
We encourage people to read a statement written by the Edinburgh Feminists when a similar situation arose in York a year and a half ago. Like the Edinburgh Feminists, we offer our solidarity to the dancers of the clubs under threat – we support their right to bodily autonomy and their right to work in safe conditions, and we oppose the campaign to take these women’s jobs away.
We would welcome opening up a safe dialogue not just with SFN, but with the women that any action would effect.