Harrow Council, whilst on the one hand increasing a whole raft of fees and charges across the board (eg: skip licences up 4%; scaffolding licences up 4%) has decided to slash the cost of setting up a sex entertainment club in the borough. Gentlemen wishing to be entertained by lap dancing girls, wearing g-strings stuffed with tenners, whilst downing watered-down and overpriced drinks must be beside themselves with anticipation.
Last year, it would have cost any local entrepreneur some £8500 to apply for a licence, with a further £4800 per year after that. The council, obviously wising up to a missed opportunity to bring these venues into the borough has reduced those charges by 53% and 42% respectively. There’s also a 63% reduction in the cost of licence variations part way through the year.
Sex shops, however, don’t receive the same treatment: licence charges there go up by 4%.
There’s no word as yet as to how many sex entertainment establishments the council is hoping to bring in to add a bit of that ‘Las Vegas’ sparkle to the borough.