New sex establishment policy for Sidmouth and region

SEX establishment proprietors intent on setting up shop in Sidmouth will have to apply for a specific license under a proposed new policy.

SEX establishment proprietors intent on setting up shop in Sidmouth will have to apply for a specific license under a proposed new policy.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has adopted Government legislation which now requires any business wishing to operate as a sex shop, sex cinema or a sexual entertainment venue- such as lap or pole dancing operation- to be licensed by the authority.

A public consultation over a draft Sex Establishment Licensing Policy ended on Wednesday.

Sidmouth town councillors backed the policy when they met on Monday.


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“Entertainment licenses meant anybody could have these sorts of things happening on their premises,” said Councillor Christine Drew. “This is a good thing because it now means its being monitored.”

Cllr Graham Liverton described the move as “common sense.”

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