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PUB FAILS IN LAPDANCE BID

PUBLISHED: 15:48 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 21 July 2010

A controversial plan to turn a pub into a strip joint was kicked into touch in front of a packed town hall chamber this week...

A controversial plan to turn a pub into a strip joint was kicked into touch in front of a packed town hall chamber this week.

The owners of Satchmo's wanted to host lap dancing at the venue in Stoke Newington Road - but the plans were rejected by Hackney Council's licensing committee on Tuesday night.

Up to 100 residents filled the council chamber to show the strength of feeling against the plans.

Campaigner Amanda Frayne, of Palatine Road, said residents and businesses were "hugely relieved".

"An overwhelming majority of people have always believed that this proposal is utterly inappropriate for the area," she said. "Our victory shows that community is important and that communities have a right to fight for what they believe in. If any good has come of this application, it is the strengthening of the bonds that already existed."

She added: "We would welcome the opportunity to work with Satchmo's in the future to make theirs a successful business that adds something to the community."

Residents and politicians were united in their condemnation after the plans were unveiled in March.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, Diane Abbott and Hackney mayor Jules Pipe said the plans were inappropriate for a residential area.

Cllr Jamie Carswell, who fought the proposals along with fellow Stoke Newington Central ward councillors Rita Krishna and Muttalip Unluer, added: "There was obvious strength of feeling and people felt so passionate because the merits of the case were for refusal."

The pub, which has been known as PJ's and Tonic in recent years, had denied the club would attract trouble.

Manager Scott Davis said: "The club wants to re-invent itself as a modern and stylish cocktail bar offering adult entertainment and exclusive DJs."

Satchmo's was unavailable for comment as the Gazette went to press. It has 21 days to appeal.

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