Majority in poll say swingers' club in Heanor will not impact on family life
A NEW swingers' club in a Derbyshire town does not undermine family life, according to a majority of voters in a Derby Telegraph online poll.
More than 1,000 people voted in the survey, which came after church leaders in Heanor condemned the club.
They said the venue, which features a dungeon and lockable voyeur rooms, "devalues human life and sexuality".
But of the 1,056 people who took part in the poll on the Derby Telegraph website, 56% said they did not think the Xotix Xtreme swingers' club, in Heanor Gate Road, weakened family life.
The club has already opened to the public but is subject to a retrospective planning application, which will be decided by Amber Valley Borough Council.
A group of clergy members from churches in the Heanor area joined forces to object to the plans.
They were the Rev Karen Padley, of All Saints' Vicarage, in Ilkeston Road, Heanor, and Pastor David Howe, the Rev Helen Penfold and the Rev Dan Pattimore from churches in the area
The Xotix Xtreme website says the business caters for people who enjoy "intimate times" together.
It says: "Xotix Xtreme is a swingers' club offering a safe, pressure-free, sexy and, above all, fun atmosphere for ladies and gentlemen into the swinging lifestyle.
"A very warm welcome is offered to respectful ladies and gentlemen who like to enjoy intimate times with each other."
The application submitted to the council is asking permission to change the use of the former offices to a private members' club.
The application was going to be decided by Amber Valley Borough Council next Monday but a decision has been postponed.
A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council was unable to say when the verdict will now be given.
Officers have previously said the business is acting within licensing regulations
The co-owner of the club, Karen Keith, of Stockdove Close, Sinfin, said she did not want to comment on the results of the poll.
POLL: Have your say in our quick poll, above right.