Lapdance ruling welcomed

A RECENT decision to allow an Inverness nightclub to introduce lap dancing nights has been welcomed by a licensing lawyer.

Stephen McGowan of TLT Solicitors said Highland licensing board’s decision to allow Hush nightclub on Academy Street to stage adult entertainment was an example of a licensing board “applying the law correctly and not stepping into areas beyond their remit”.
The application had received objections from the Highland Violence Against Women Strategy Group, which includes representatives from NHS Highland, Highland Council and the police.
McGowan welcomed the board’s decision. “In addition, ‘moral’ opposition to adult entertainment is irrelevant and if a board refused on those grounds, I would argue that there would be grounds for appeal,” he said.
“Licensing boards are not the arbiters of general public interest issues which may, or may not, have merit.”
Following the ruling, Hush will stage lap dancing between 10pm and 2.45am on certain nights.