Highland Council confirms no cap on strip clubs

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Highland councillors have confirmed they will not place any cap on the number of sex entertainment venues (SEVs) that can operate in the area.

It follows strong criticism from NHS Highland, which called on the council to ‘show leadership’ and set a zero cap on SEVs.

But at a meeting this week, industry representatives and dancers from Inverness’ Private Eyes club hit back.

Janet Hood spoke on behalf of her clients, Private Eyes and the Association of Adult Entertainment Venues in Scotland. She said the club already offers many of the safeguards required by the licensing policy.

Ms Hood also took aim at the statistics provided by NHS Highland in its damning response to the council’s public consultation, saying much of the research was out of date – some of it by 30 years.

The policy will now go out for final public consultation.