An owner lost his battle for the right to operate a lap dance club on his premises after advisers refused to transfer the license to him.
The Blackpool Council’s public protection subcommittee ruled that David Moseley’s background made him “unfit” to hold the Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) license for Eden One on Queen Street.
Mr. Moseley, owner of the premises, had asked the town hall to transfer the SEV permit to his company Pool Construction Ltd.
But Mark Newton already held the license through his company AA Recreation 1 Ltd and opposed the transfer.
The subcommittee, which met on June 22 to consider the license application, learned that the two had fallen out in a dispute over the lease of the property, prompting Mr Moseley to seek the Licence.
He wanted to bring in his own manager to take over the management of the club.
In publishing its decision, the council said it was “an unusual situation where the SEV permit holder is not allowed to occupy the premises”.
But that did not mean “automatically that the owner of the premises had the right to have the license transferred”.
The board still had to examine “the suitability of the applicant company with its sole director Mr. Moseley to hold this license”.
This included ensuring that the operator was qualified to run a lap dancing club, understood and would comply with the conditions of the license, and could show a track record or manage premises. compliant.
But evidence provided to the subcommittee indicated that Mr Moseley had never held an SEV license despite a previous liquor license having been reviewed twice, including for selling alcohol to underage drinkers.
Evidence was also provided of violations involving care homes owned by Mr. Moseley.
As a result, the subcommittee “concluded that the applicant is not suitable to hold this license due to his history of regulatory non-compliance and his lack of experience / understanding of the license conditions”.
Mr. Moseley has the right to appeal to the district court within 21 days.
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