180 say ‘no’ to swinger club

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A petition with over 180 signatures objecting to a swingers’ club in Heanor has been delivered to Amber Valley Borough Council by four members of the local clergy.

The petition calls for a retrospective application to change the use of the former offices to a private members’ club to be turned down. Xotix Xtreme opened on Heanor Gate Road in August.

The petition, organised by the Rev Karen Padley, Pastor David Howe, the Rev Helen Penfold and the Rev Dan Pattimore, asserts that the club “brings no value to the community and will be detrimental to image of Heanor”, gives the message that that community approves of its activities and will put “addition pressure onto an already socially and economically fractured community.”

The club features a dungeon room, lockable viewing rooms and a “gang-bang” room. It also has a bar and, while it does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks, it allows members to bring their own. Co-owner Karen Keith, of Stockdove Close, Sinfin, said the club was operating within legal requirements.

A date for the application to be decided by the planning committee has not yet been set.