Permission granted to Judicially Review Sheffield's SEV policy.

27 Apr

We have previously reported on the legal actions of Irene Gladdison and the 'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' coalition against Sheffield City Council.

Ms. Gladdison, who has been supported financially through the Crowd Justice platform, has now been granted permission to Judicially Review Sheffield City Council’s Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) policy.  Although arguments are complex in essence the campaigners  criticise Sheffield for failing to take into account, properly or at all, the negative impact they perceive on all women and the wider impact on gender equality of SEV premises when devising their SEV policy.

The hearing will take place in Leeds’ High Court this Summer.  Ms. Gladdison is now seeking further funding for the next stage of her litigation. 

If successful, this case could have significant implications for other Councils considering SEV licences. It could force all Councils to take into account the wider impact on women and gender equality, rather than just the wellbeing of those specifically affected (i.e. performers within SEV premises).

Sheffield currently has one operating SEV, Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street, Sheffield.

We shall keep you updated on progress.

Law correct at the date of publication.
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