Nightclub owner wants to open topless club in Wakefield city centre

Kevin Spencer.
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Nightclub owner Kevin Spencer wants to open a topless club in Wakefield city centre.

Mr Spencer is set to apply for a licence from Wakefield Council to open the Pussy Cat Lounge on Bank Street.

The new venue would occupy two floors above Tequila Nightclub, which Mr Spencer also owns.

But he faces a backlash to the proposal as fears are raised that the club would give the city a seedy image and promote sexist attitudes towards women.

Mr Spencer confirmed there would be topless dancing in private areas of the club.

He said: “It’s a form of entertainment at the end of the day.

“There will be nowhere in the venue that isn’t on CCTV and monitored by the staff at all times. The safety of the girls and customers is the first thing that we look at when opening these venues.”

Objectors to the plan include Wakefield MP Mary Creagh.

She said: “Strip clubs have no place in Wakefield, and can change the character of a city and make it look and feel seedy.”

Wakefield North councillor Margaret Isherwood: “There are a lot of people are living in this area.

“There is already a problem with late night drinking and street drinking. This could make the problem worse.”

A council spokesman said: “An application for a sex establishment licence has not been received yet. Applications are based on their own merits and subject to public consultation once approved by the council.”