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Society – Merthyr Tydfil

October 2016

A Welsh sex entertainment company has had its application for a venue in a rural Welsh town turned down by the council’s licensing committee. 

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), a number of objectors urged the committee in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, not to grant a license for the venue in such close proximity to local community buildings and a church. 

The committee agreed that the venue would be inappropriate, and rejected the application on 9 August. The committee had already determined there should be no sex entertainment venues in the area and it decided the present application should not be an exception to this. 

The committee said: ‘The applicant was not able to provide evidence and was therefore unable to demonstrate the granting of a [licence] of this type would not lead to the locality becoming a no-go area for families, church goers, concert goers and women generally’.

In a statement, Andrea Williams, chief executive of the CLC, said, ‘We are delighted with yesterday’s result and thank God for this. We have a proven track record of helping people to successfully object to sex club applications. It is so important for people to take a stand against these sorts of premises.

‘We are pleased to provide expert professional assistance and the resources to inform and empower people to take that stand’.