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Cheltenham updates policy on adult entertainment

Cheltenham Borough Council has agreed a revised licensing policy for sexual entertainment events in the town.

Several venues in the town host lap dancing during The Festival and other horse racing events.

After taking evidence from police, performers, operators, faith groups, objectors and councillors, changes include a move to challenge anyone looking under 25 for ID and mandatory materials about coercive control and modern slavery in the performers' changing areas.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: "I am pleased we've been able to carry out this review and introduce some positive changes.

"Our revised policy offers the best protection possible to performers, customers, and the public.

"The proposal to introduce a nil limit for the whole of Cheltenham was not approved as sexual entertainment would still occur under the exemption, and this would make it more difficult for the council and police to regulate."

The licensing committee is chaired by Councillor David Willingham.

He said: "I have a huge amount of sympathy for those who oppose this activity, but this was a thorough review and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that we're following best practice and giving duty of care in this field.

"These revisions improve our policy, and show our town has a robust approach to regulation with a focus on welfare and safety."

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