Sex shop refused licence

PUBLISHED: 06:13 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 24 May 2010

HARD core porn will not go on sale from a shop in Weston which has been refused a sex shop licence. North Somerset Councillors turned down a licence application from Joy Adult Shop in Whitecross Road on Monday (July 10). It is the third time the saucy sto

HARD core porn will not go on sale from a shop in Weston which has been refused a sex shop licence.North Somerset Councillors turned down a licence application from Joy Adult Shop in Whitecross Road on Monday (July 10).It is the third time the saucy store has failed to get the licence that would allow it to sell restricted films and increase its range of adult products.Ward councillors and residents said that a full sex shop would knock down property prices, degrade a family area and upset passing schoolchildren.Solicitor for Joy, David Fletcher, argued that there would be no real change.He said: "The idea that it has an affect or corrupts the youth of the area is ridiculous."The practical difference will be nil in the area and on the people living around. The idea that it will attract a sinister cliental is wrong."I dispute that the shop is on a school route. It simply isn't."Premises of this kind have to exist. I understand there are none in North Somerset. It is part of a healthy society that we tolerate this kind of shop and the legislation is there to put them in proper places."One has to ask where in Weston would be a proper location, because the town centre would raise exactly the same objections as have been raised in the Whitecross area."The license would not create any disorder or crime and there had been no objections from the police, churches, schools or other organisations, he said.He said the property values had not been affected by the shop and that one building nearby is known to have doubled in value between 2001 and 2006.Licensing subcommittee chairman Cllr John Clark said: "We resolve to refuse this application having regard to the character of the locality and use of which any premises in the vicinity are put."Joy owner Tony Gianfrancesco did not want to comment about the result.* North Somerset Council told town councillor Michael Kellaway-Mariott that online files for the sex shop application had been removed from its website after internet surfers had called the authority asking sex related questions.

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