Blackpool is to crack down on the number of sex venues allowed to open in the town to clean up its reputation as a family resort.
Councillors are being asked to approve a new policy which would only allow one sex shop to trade and set a zero limit on lap dancing venues.
The existing four clubs would be permitted to continue operating, but once those licences finish for any reason they wouldn't be renewed.
Regulations around sex venues are also set to be tightened under the revised policy, writes LancsLive.
The move better reflects Blackpool's aim to be a family resort, say Licensing chiefs.
It also supports the White Ribbon campaign to reduce violence towards women.
In the mid-2000s there were believed to be around 13 lap dancing clubs, but the numbers have since reduced.
The council’s licensing chairman Coun Adrian Hutton said: “We are a family town and some of the things that have gone on are not according to the rules.
“There have been complaints from members of the public which we have had to deal with.
“We’re not against people coming to Blackpool and having a good time, but there is an element that causes problems and this is a way to reduce that.
“A lot of thought has gone into this to come up with a policy which helps the town.”
The council's licensing committee members are being asked to agree to reduce the number of allowed sex shops from the current two, to just one.
Venues are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but once they reopen, they would be re-licensed providing they comply with legislation and licence conditions.
However, once a licence is revoked, surrendered, lapses or otherwise not renewed, the grandfather rights would be lost.
New applications could still be considered but with the zero policy in place, it would make it more difficult to have licences granted.
Other changes within the revised policy include a ban on dancers taking mobile phones into performance areas and tighter controls over how dances are paid for.
CCTV must be able to store recordings for a minimum of 21 days.
The policy was last revised in 2016, and will go before the council's licensing committee next week.