WAKEFIELD MP Mary Creagh has blasted plans to open a sex shop in the city centre.
A couple want to sell ‘sex articles’ including explicit DVDs from Utopia Adult Store on The Springs.
David and Michaela Andrews have applied for a sex establishment licence from Wakefield Council, which will consider objections.
Ms Creagh said: “Wakefield councillors have worked hard to improve the city centre and the opening of Trinity Walk in May will bring new shoppers to our city.
“The last thing we want is for them to get off the bus and walk past a seedy sex shop. That would be bad for the city and bad for trade.”
Mr and Mrs Andrews have run Utopia in Castleford for six years and want to move to Wakefield. They aim to replace Morgana Clothing, which will relocate.
Mrs Andrews said: “At the end of the day we are not much different to Ann Summers which is based in the Ridings shopping centre.
“It will not be seedy. We aim at couples and already have experience in having a licence.
“We are just a normal business, but people have preconceived ideas. There are lots of empty shops in Wakefield and the city could do with the business.”
Mrs Andrews added that five per cent of their turnover will go to a breast cancer charity.
Strict licensing rules will be adhered to by including an extra door inside and blacked-out windows.
The council’s licensing office is collecting objections until March 25 and will not consider any moral objections.