Council bid to close swingers' club
Published 08/02/2012 | 13:12
A council is trying to close down a swingers' club in a rural village in Hampshire because it claims it does not have planning permission and is upsetting the neighbours.
The JCT2 club in Calmore bills itself as the "South's Premier Adult Club" and its website boasts dungeons, fetish and swingers' parties.
However, the nights have upset locals who have complained about car parking and noise and now New Forest District Council has issued an enforcement notice claiming the owner has allowed the £500,000 five-bedroom detached property to become a business that does not have planning permission.
The owner, David Kay, from Reading, has appealed the notice and said in a letter to the council: "The guests are asked to bring a voluntary contribution towards the costs of hosting the parties. This contribution is entirely voluntary and can be likened to that of guests bringing a bottle of drink or gifts to the host of any other party or social gathering.
"The total value of contributions amounts to a fraction of the costs of the rent or mortgage on the property. It is therefore impossible to conclude that the parties held are a commercial entity or for financial gain."
He said there had been no complaints to police about any disturbance and explained there were 95 parties a year at the house and that it was not primarily a club but a home.
But the website for the house gives details of parties both midweek in the daytime and at weekends, with dungeon hire starting from £25 during the day. Facilities include: A-frames, spanking benches, torture chair, examination table and suspension equipment.
"Contributions" for the swingers' parties start at £10 for single women and up to £35 for single men. Other events include a Heaven and Hell Party, the Lady Sin Party and also a page on etiquette where partygoers are reminded to be clean and bring their own towels and condoms.
This has prompted the council to say in its enforcement notice: "The site is being used primarily as an adult-only club hosting events of a sexual nature such as swingers' parties and fetish nights and private parties."
Local Conservative councillor Leslie Puttock said he did not object to the activities on moral grounds but solely because it was in a rural location and did not have planning permission to be a club.