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Opposed Richmond sex shop will stay
A sex shop in Richmond will continue trading after the council renewed its licence, despite repeated objections.
Private Shop, at 111 Kew Road, Richmond, has been open for almost 10 years, and will continue to hold its licence to trade from 9.30am until 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
Ward councillor for North Richmond Stephen Speak was at the licensing meeting at York House on March 19.
He said: “Legally it is very difficult to turn down because it is already in place, so I am not surprised by the outcome.
“It has been highlighted as one of the things that isn’t nice about the area and therefore I felt it was appropriate to oppose it.
“In a place where we want to encourage families to be and to encourage businesses and retail therapy, it is not an appropriate place for it.”
The council has a policy of no sex establishments in the borough, which is discretionary for new applications rather than grounds to refuse a licence.
The shop, which has a plain brown front and blinds pulled down, has always complied with the terms of its licence, but religious groups have protested the application every year, the meeting heard.
Objectors highlighted nearby Falcons Prep School as an issue, but the council did not receive any objections from the school itself.
Brian Yeo, 54, who works as a full time sales assistant in the shop, said: “Everything is fine, we have never had any problems.
“I know they have to renew the licence every year and people always object but no one ever says anything to me.
“People come in here, buy their stuff and then they leave. It can be busy – you can get a good day when there’ll be 15 or 16 customers or a day where you will only get two.
“It is not a rocket through the roof but it is getting by – obviously it would, otherwise they wouldn’t keep it open.”