Bolsover council holds public consultation on sex establishment licensing
Residents are being urged to have their say on whether Bolsover District Council should be given powers to licence sex establishments in the area.
There are no such establishments in the district currently – but officials are now considering a framework for the future.
The authority has launched a public consultation which lasts until the end of May.
A council spokesperson said: “We are asking people for their views on the licensing of sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues across Bolsover district.
“We are considering adopting legislation so we can licence these premises.
“As it stands, there are no such premises within Bolsover district.
“But should such premises be opened, our powers to regulate them are limited to only planning and alcohol licencing.
“A resolution by the council to adopt the legislation would allow us to refuse an application for a licence if we considered the location was detrimental to the community or there was already such an establishment in the vicinity.
“We would also have the ability to impose conditions on any licence granted.
“Before the council considers adopting the legislation, it is seeking the views on whether residents and stakeholder groups agree that this course should be taken.”
For more information and to have your say as part of the consultation, visit www.askderbyshire.gov.uk/index.php/component/consultation/329?view=consultation.
The consultation ends on May 28.
Commenting on this issue on social media, one man said: “I don’t pay extortionate council tax to have this kind of establishment on my doorstep.”
Another said the consultation was a ‘good’ thing as it will give him the chance to ‘tell them to never grant such licences’.