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Neighbours' delight over adult entertainment snub

PUBLISHED: 16:41 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 25 August 2010

NEIGHBOURS say they are relieved that a pub has been refused permission for adult entertainment evenings.

NEIGHBOURS say they are relieved that a pub has been refused permission for 'adult entertainment' evenings.

Bexley council's licensing sub-committee refused last Wednesday night to allow 'adult entertainment' to take place in the Royal Charlotte pub, Station Road, Crayford.

The committee's refusal was based on complaints from neighbours about the noise on 'special activities' and 'themed' nights.

Vice Chairman of the Crayford forum, Ian Lindon, said: "I know residents are very relieved about the refusal.

"I am very pleased because I am fully aware that Bexley council has granted a license for pole dancing at Sidcup Snooker Club. But that is a members' club. What we didn't want was adult entertainment in a highly populated residential area.

"We are not prudes but there is a place to do it. If people want that thing they can go to Sidcup."

Now, the pub, which is which is run by the husband and daughter of Bexley councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, can have dancing on Thursday and Sunday nights until 10.30pm and until 11pm on Saturday nights. Management at the pub told the Times they are not going to appeal the decision.

Tiffany Lucia-Hennis said: "We are very happy with the decision as it was in our favour. We were granted the main aspects of the licence change that we wanted.

"Many people have booked up parties with us, including birthdays, weddings, christenings and communions.

"We also have many charity events and theme nights, where dancing would be included."

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "We are fairly satisfied with the decision. Our main objection was the noise. They were only granted a late licence for one night a week. And the committee specified that no noise is supposed to emanate from there. The management were not even aware of it. I am fairly satisfied. We don't want to close the business.

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