The first lap-dancing bar in Accrington town centre has been given the go-ahead.
An application for a Sexual Entertainment Venue licence have been approved to create a first-floor bar on Blackburn Road, opposite the town hall.
The establishment which is to be called I Candy will be housed in the space previously occupied by UPSI Bar.
Retired vicar Kevin Logan, of Kingsway, Church, said he was disappointed to learn the council had approved the licence.
He said: "If there is any way the council can reconsider this licence I would urge them to do so."
The application was approved by council officers earlier this week under delegated powers granted to the council’s licensing department.
But Conservative group leader Peter Britcliffe hit out at the council saying the application should have been debated by councillors.
He said: "I find it alarming that the application was pushed through with delegated powers.
"I would have thought an application like this would warrant a committee meeting.
"We have a licensing committee and a sub-committee which should have been used."
Under council policy, an application can be approved using delegated powers and does not need to go before the licensing committee unless a ‘relevant objection’ is made.
The council received no ‘relevant objections’ with regards for the application for the bar which will be above Quattro’s Italian Brasserie, but has no connection to the restaurant.
The application was submitted by Peter Bridge who could not be reached for comment.