A “gentleman’s club” has had its licence renewed after an objector forced a Southend Council hearing.

The owner of the Entice club in Southchurch Road, Southend, which provides lap dancing and striptease for its clientele, had to appear before a licensing committee after a complaint was received by the council.

Council papers show the objector, who did not appear at the hearing on December 5, alleged there were procedural irregularities and questioned the suitability of the applicant, named as Mr Moloo.

They also objected to the location of the premises in a block combined with residential properties, health facilities and pawn brokers, where there were likely to be “vulnerable people”.

The committee granted the licence but with some conditions.

The committee said they had carefully considered the evidence submitted by the applicant and the views of the objector, and decided that with the imposition of certain conditions there would be sufficient grounds to provide a safe and regulated environment at the premises.”

The conditions imposed by the committee include that the club will “ensure a 'grab bag' containing suitable clothing for the use of dancers in the event of an emergency evacuation, is located at the exits to the premises.”

Customers must also not loiter and signs asking customers to be respectful of neighbours should be displayed prominently.