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Customers lap up controversial bar

More than 3,500 people have visited the borough’s first lap dancing bar since it opened earlier this year.

iCandy, Blackburn Road, Accrington, has been praised by Level One nightclub owner Leon Kelly, inset

More than 3,500 people have visited the borough’s first lap dancing bar since it opened earlier this year.

Bosses at iCandy say it has been a success and have applied to Hyndburn council to have the Accrington club’s Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) licence extended for another year.

Earlier this year 1,500 people signed a petition against its opening. Two objections have been raised to the SEV application, questioning the suitability of the location and the applicant for the licence.

But Barnfield ward Coun Tony Dobson said he hasn’t received any complaints from residents about the Blackburn Road club since it opened.

He said: “The club hasn’t had a negative impact. I know some of the churches are still upset about it but the club itself isn’t causing problems.”

Leon Kelly, who owns Level One nightclub on Warner Street, said iCandy’s critics had been ‘overzealous’.

He said: “The bosses at iCandy have done a great job. They are not causing problems for other town centre businesses and bringing people into town which is what we all want. They have been made to jump through hoops unnecessarily because of critics.”

A report to the council’s licensing committee said the council has had no complaints in respect of the operation of the premises since it opened in July.

The application says the venue will be open from Sunday to Thursday 7pm to 1am, and Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 3am.

A spokesman for the Blackburn Road establishment said business has been good.

He added: “We are running it professionally and people see that.”

The council’s licensing committee will consider the application at a meeting on Tuesday, November 20.

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