Anger at lap-dance club plans for Doncaster

Loaded bar
Loaded bar

Anger has erupted over new plans to turn a Doncaster town centre pub back into a lap-dancing venue.

Proposals have been submitted to Doncaster Council to convert Loaded, on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street, back into a lap-dancing club – it was previously a strip bar called Players.

However, a local businesss owner who campaigned against the previous plans has hit out at the latest venture, claiming it will damage the town centre’s reputation.

Beverley Georgiou, owner of the nearby Four Seasons café, said: “It’s not right to have something like this where children and families can see it. It should be at an out-of-town site where it doesn’t cause problems.”

Players closed last year and later reopened as Loaded, a late-night bar.

But now proposals have been submitted to introduce lap dancing at the venue, opposite Doncaster Women’s Centre and close to Priory Place Methodist Church.

Mrs Georgiou said: “Last time around, the lap dancers were being escorted into taxis because they were told it wasn’t safe. But my staff were coming into work in the morning at the same time and there was no consideration given to them.

“I am not against lap dancing, but this is not the right place for it.

“There is a church just down the road and a women’s centre over the road where women in crisis go for help.

“What message does it send when there is a lap-dancing club over the road with men hanging around?”

Mrs Georgiou said customers of the previous venue had also urinated outside nearby premises.

The application, submitted by agents Melling Ridgeway and Partners, will be considered later this year.

No-one at Loaded was available for comment.