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Floating strip club idea rejected in Cardiff

Lads planning for a stag weekend in Cardiff will be disappointed at a decision by the local council to rekect plans for a floating lap dancing club.

The proposal, which would have seen the HMS 69 take private parties of 30 punters on 3 hour trips up and down the Taff and Ely with strippers on board, was rejected on safety grounds.

The boat has been used for parties since 2008, but its owner was hoping to add the option of lap dancing, but anyone planning a Wales stag weekend will have plenty of alternatives on land to see a flash of flesh.

The boat's owner said: “I’m disappointed with the decision, as the people of South Wales had been asking for this. We’ve had over 7,000 customers since we launched and of those 75 per cent have been women and they were the ones who were asking for strippers. They wanted a bit of flesh on their hen nights.

“We take our security obligations very seriously, we have four CCTV cameras onboard and two security guards, plus four other staff members.”

Cardiff City Council's Chair of licensing committee, Ed Bridges, explained the decision, saying: “We were worried about the size of the premises, being too small, and issues of crime and disorder. In the interest of the public we thought it better to reject the application.”