A GAY pub in Lancaster has sparked anger by applying to run strip nights and open until 3.30am.
The New Albert Inn, in King Street, has applied to amend its licence to hold up to 11 nights a year featuring male strippers, although the licensee said there were no immediate plans to do so.
It is also asking Lancaster City Council to allow it to extend its closing times, currently 1.30am Monday-Saturday and 11.30pm on Sundays, so it can close daily at 3.30am.
The council’s licensing committee, which has received objections from residents, will consider the application next Wednesday.
Dukes ward city councillor Dave Brookes said: “I’m not a prude, but I don’t think we should be going down the route of turning Lancaster into Blackpool, we are a different sort of city.
“Some people may think a bit of stripping is harmless and it might only be occasionally, but it’s not the frequency which is important, it’s the precedent created.”
Rev Jon Scamman, of St Thomas’ CE Church in Penny Street, said: “As a church leader in the community I would be concerned to see the development of adult entertainment.
“I do not feel it would be a positive influence or constructive for family life or individuals.”
See the Lancaster Guardian (08-03-12) for full story.