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SANDWELL: Sex shop licence renewal approved

SANDWELL: Sex shop licence renewal approved

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A long-standing private sex shop has had its licence renewed despite a councillor’s “family” objections in Sandwell.

Private Shop, located on 19 Bull Street, West Bromwich, applied to have its licence renewed at a planning committee on Monday.

The premises have traded as a licensed sex shop since 2003 and the licence has been renewed each year. It is owned by Essex-based sex-retailer Darker Enterprises Ltd.

At a previous planning meeting in September 2008 the planning committee gave approval for a limited form of open window display of lingerie on mannequins. No other items of a sexual nature were on display.

The licence will run for a period of 12 months commencing 1st August 2021 and will expire on 31st July 2022.

No objections have been submitted by West Midlands Police and no
other objections have been received for the application.

In a document handed out to members seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Sandwell council note the licence renewal of the private sex shop supports their aim of a “strong and inclusive economy” to the borough.

It read: “It is the Authority’s aim to offer a wide choice of high quality
and well managed entertainment and cultural venues within
a safe, orderly and attractive environment; valued by those
who live here, work here and come to visit.

“We want to ensure that businesses operate responsibly and safely so
that our residents live in decent neighbourhoods and have a
good quality of life”.

But Cllr Williams, Cons, Prince’s End, and who is a member of the licensing committee was doubtful of this approach.

He said: “I’m not for it. But that’s just me, as I am somewhat of a bit of a traditional Christian. I’m opposed to it being on our high street next to a few family shops.

“I do also understand that anything goes as long as it does harm anyone else.”

The renewal was granted without any objections.

Words: Rhi Storer, Local Democracy Reporter

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