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Lap dancing club has licence refused - as Altrincham is "no longer an appropriate area"

Totties had operated since 2000.

Trafford Council has rejected an application by a lap dancing club for the renewal of its licence - saying Altrincham was "no longer an appropriate area for this type of establishment”.

Parisian Bistro Ltd, the company behind Totties on The Causeway, had applied for a new licence after a plan to redevelop it into apartments fell through.

But the council's public protection sub-committee refused it.

Cllr David Jarman said: "We believe Altrincham is a regenerating area. It has changed with further residential properties and businesses being built into a more family and business-friendly environment.

"We feel that it’s no longer an appropriate area for this type of establishment.”

He also cited the lack of disabled access on the premises, which had operated as a lap dancing club since 2000.

“Therefore, we are not going to allow the renewal with immediate effect,” Cllr Jarman added, in quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News.

“You can take legal advice on how you move forward, but that is the decision of the sub-committee.”

The application had been lodged by Jonathan Dodd, son of original owner Roy Dodd, who died in December 2020.

He told the committe that Totties employed five full-time staff and over 30 part-time dancers.

“The women are more than qualified to make their own decisions as to what they do with their bodies,” he said.

“We operate as a topless only bar. A lot of establishments in Manchester have fully nude women.”

Six people had written to the sub-committe objecting to the application.