The owner of a Halifax lap dancing club has accused councillors of acting ‘unprofessionally’ after they rejected a request to allow women at his club to dance nude.
La Salsa on Silver Street, applied to the council’s Licensing Committee to lift a condition on the club’s licence requiring dancers to “wear a non-transparent g-string or similar piece of clothing on the appropriate part of the body” at all times.
Speaking after the meeting, La Salsa owner Reza Shasavar (pictured right) said he is considering an appeal against the ruling
He said: “It felt a little unprofessional when they bring their own personal opinions to an issue like this.
“The chairman and the legal department did a fantastic job, but whatever they were saying was not noted by the councillors who seemed to already made up their minds.”
It was made clear that any decision made must be based on the evidence presented and that it was not appropriate for members to enter into a moral debate during the meeting.
Mr Shasavar told the committee: “Lap dancing is about having fun - it is not for the satisfaction of male desire.”
He said he applied for the amendment to avoid complaints from men who were expectingnudity.
Mr Shasavar said: “A few months ago I was asked by my bank manager to organise his brother’s stag party.
“The stag had a lap dance and said ‘I’ve seen more in the swimming pool’ - the group left and went to a bar in Leeds.”
Objections were raised by Angela Eddison, director of the women’s centre on neighbouring Silver Street in Halifax.
She said: “We’ve heard a lot about business and finance case - this isn’t about a business case, it’s about something different - we’re concerned about community safety in its broadest sense.”
The application was rejected by five votes to four on the grounds of concerns for public safety and the welfare of the dancers.