Lap dancing club Spearmint Rhino’s licence renewal sparks mass protests at town hall

By Ethan Weatherby

Spearmint Rhino’s ‘sexual entertainment’ license renewal meeting is underway at the Sheffield City Council.

The renewal is facing strong opposition. Objectors to the renewal, including representatives for the Women’s Equality Party and a Hallam University lecturer, are currently making their cases.

71 objections to the application were received, with four in support. Spearmint Rhino operates in five UK cities and apparently two branches have had their licence renewals refused.

The Vice President of Spearmint Rhino John Specht is present today.He refused to comment on the meeting.

Head of the Sheffield branch of the Women’s’ Equality Party Charlotte Mead told the meeting: “What does that say about our city to have a sexual entertainment venue in the middle of it? Now is the opportunity to refuse it.”

Dr Shelley Roche-Jacques of Hallam University informed the meeting that the university as an institution is opposed to the renewal, though it was too late for this to be submitted for evidence.

Though he is not present, Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield has objected to the renewal.

Mainly, the objections are based upon the venue’s position on Brown Street. It is situated in the Cultural Industries Quarter and in close proximity to the ‘Gate of the City’ and Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union.

More to follow – Do you think Spearmint Rhino’s licence should be renewed? Have your on our opinion poll.

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