PLANS for Crewe's first lapdancing club are facing a storm of protest.

Religious leaders are spearheading opposition to the application by the Squires bar in High Street and say the idea is 'perverted'.

If successful the bar, due to close at the end of this month, could reopen by September 1 as Rendezvous, offering lapdancing until 2.30am from Thursday-Saturday.

It would be the town's first dedicated adult entertainment venue, although the soon-to-open Trilogy club nearby on Edleston Road also has permission for lapdancing.

Church leaders have vowed to object. But Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council says complaints on moral grounds would not be valid.

The Rev David Winstanley, minister at the North Street Methodist Church, said: 'This is a form of degradation and would take Crewe down a dark path.

'It's demeaning both for the dancers who perform in this perverted way, spectators and God.'

Peter Powell, formerly of the West Street Baptist Church and now a member of Astbury Parochial Church Council, said the club would damage moral standards.

Mr Powell, of Belgrave Road, Crewe, added: 'These places break up family life and bring a lot of misery.' The Rev Simon Lawton, of the New Life Church on Fuller Drive, said: 'This would bring the name of Crewe into disrepute and upset a whole range of people, not just Christians.'

Andrea Thomas, a resident in nearby Brooklyn Street, said: 'It's seedy and there's just no need.

'There's enough idiots hanging around as it is. We don't want this on our doorstep.'

Mark Llewellyn, a business partner of Squires licensee Sylvan Salmon, said door staff and CCTV would help tackle any problems.

He added: 'It's going to be of a high standard and not at all tacky. The girls will be wearing cocktail dresses in the bar area. It won't all be hanging out.

'This whole road needs rejuvenating and this will bring something different to Crewe.'

The public have 28 days from the publication of notices this week to comment on the application, which will be determined by a committee of three councillors if there are objections.


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