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.

More from Weston Mercury

25 minutes ago

Planning a wedding? The Royal Hotel’s wedding coordinator Haley Montgomery shares her top tips on winter weddings and more.

Read more
10:16

The Mercury’s big festive giveaway continued this week, as a Winscombe woman was ‘overwhelmed’ after winning a coveted prize worth hundreds of pounds.

Read more
09:56

A magician boasting five-star reviews will bring his hilarious show to a Weston stage this month, promising to confuse and amuse audiences.

Read more

A Weston bar has had a £10,000 makeover to ‘brighten it up’ and give it a new feel.

Read more

Work has begun on a new £9million Locking Parklands primary school after years of delays.

Read more
48 minutes ago

Excited children spent the morning making Christingles during a messy church service in Weston.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
08:05

Families celebrated the start of Christmas in Uphill at the village bazaar.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00

American nu metal band P.O.D. will perform at the O2 Academy Bristol early next year.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A Weston body builder with stage two cancer raised £1,000 for charity by climbing Mount Snowdon.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:18

A woman has died today (Wednesday) after she was hit by a van.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: -2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists