Take It Off!
‘A Customer’ says:
I was walking by the KING WILLIAM IV HOTEL, 155 TRAFALGAR ROAD, GREENWICH, LONDON, SE10 9TX a while back and I asked the men who were building there what their plans were. They explained that they were going to turn it into a strip bar. I thought I should let you know. I’m sure you join with me in questioning whether or not this is the new Heart Of East Greenwich we all need.
Here we go again. Yes, it is something that we can debate and we could get our collective knickers in a twist – but ultimately a strip club is only as successful as its patrons make it. And it’s already been proved that there just isn’t the appetite amongst East Greenwich grubby mac-wearers for such pole-and-latex-oriented shenanigans.
Thing is, we’ve all been here before. Trafalgar Road cannot support an amusement arcade, a bookies, an off-licence OR a strip club. We just don’t do sleaze very well round here. People thrashed and lashed against the tartan-clad ladies of Angie McNabs under the old cinema for months before sheer lack of customers closed them down far more effectively than any residents’ group could, however outraged. Even the ghastly Old Friends was far more interested in Roger Romantic singing songs of love than saucy girlies.
I’m not saying don’t fight against it if you feel that strongly (though it could be hard to fight, since it may already have an entertainment license and the relevant council info says it’s a hotel). And it’s not something I’m wild about – I’d far rather another decent pub was created – something to rival the Pelton Arms or the Vanbrugh – both excellent places, and, as far as I know, both doing much, much better than any of the grubbier pubs round here. It’s a good-looking building and, apart from a noticeable lack of outside space should be an excellent venue for a really decent establishment that could rival the Guildford or Ashburnham over in the west. But here’s the drill: Fight. Fight. Fight. Lose. Place closes down anyway.
IMHO the answer to all this is just to get the bloomin’ Heart of East Greenwich development built. If there’s a thriving, buzzing community somewhere, there’s less reason to fill shops/pubs with ‘inappropriate’ ( a loaded term, of course) tenants. If we don’t want a bookies, don’t want an amusement arcade, don’t want a strip-club, then it’s up to us to go to the shops we do want, and make sure that large areas of building land empty for years are given a new lease of life. Fighting stuff clip-joint by clip-joint? That way madness lies.
I daresay mine is not the final word on the subject and I hereby declare the East Greenwich strip-club-debate well and truly open.
Then of course, those builders might have been ‘avin’ a larf just to wind up outraged East Greenwich citizens, and it’s actually going to be a special creche-based wine bar with Lovely Trendy Stuff ® going on in every room. I’ve not heard of this strip-thing elsewhere, from any source, we just have their word. Just a thought…