A thank you to a regular reader and commentator of the blog John for pointing out the result in Coventry (press article here). What I find so disappointing is that 53% were against the clubs but considering that the council recognised that the majority of people objecting were doing so on moral grounds it leaves the whole consultation open to challenge in my humble opinion.
Regular readers of the blog will know that objections on moral grounds are discounted by guidelines around the act that allows the nil policy. So the council is acting on just over half the people who took part, but a lot of them were mentioning moral grounds which I think leaves the whole thing standing on very shaky ground.
That said the owner of Club Heat must be rubbing his hands with glee knowing there will be no competition locally. So where do people who want to open a club in Coventry go? Well I am sure the councillor with the legal firm would be a good place to start.
So this is another Nil Policy that has no teeth. Every council knows that trying to close clubs will end up in court and that the laws are behind existing clubs! So at best for them they have stopped any more clubs, at least till someone is forced into going for a judicial review, at which point the wind may change (did it, got a passing reference to the scorpions). On a serious note I really do wonder why these consultations take place when councils must be realising to try and close an existing club that has no history of major issues is just asking for court action.