Licence bid by strip club

Room 32, Guildhall Street, Preston
Room 32, Guildhall Street, Preston
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Bosses at a Preston lapdancing club have applied to extend its alcohol serving hours.

If changes are approved, Room 32 in Guildhall Street will become one of the latest opening venues in the city centre.

The club has two licenses – one for alcohol sales and one for regulated entertainment.

The entertainment licence is currently for longer hours than for the sales of alcohol, from 6pm to 4am Monday to Saturdays, and from 6pm to 2am on Sundays.

The sale of alcohol is currently permitted between 6pm and 3am on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 6pm to 10.30pm on Sundays.

Now, an application has been made to make the two licences match more closely.

Director Harvey Warham has asked Preston Council’s licensing department to make the entertainment hours 6pm to 5am Monday to Saturday, and from 6pm to 1am on Sundays.

He wants alcohol sales permitted from 6pm to 4.30am Monday to Saturday and 6pm to 12.30am on Sundays.

The official opening hours would be 6pm to 5am Mondays to Saturdays and 6pm to 1am on Sundays.

Town centre councillor Drew Gale said he “tentatively supports” the application.

He said: “Anything that supports commerce in Preston city centre is a good thing.

“These kind of licence application are considered very carefully by the council, and there’s also police input into the decisions.

“I think that as long as the alcohol sales are carefully controlled and monitored, it would be all right.”

Nobody was available for comment at Room 32 when contacted by the Evening Post.

In March, dancer Sinead Dewar, a dance at Room 32, hit the headlines when she was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being found guilty of repeatedly stamping on a co-worker’s face with six-inch stilettos in a row over a glass of wine.