Victorious campaigners celebrating after people power blocked a lap dancing club launch have warned that the fight may 'just be beginning'.
Two hundred residents crowded into Hammersmith Town Hall's assembly room last Thursday to hear Hammersmith and Fulham licencing sub-committee reject an application by Passion Nights Ltd to open an erotic dance venue in the former Fox Tavern, in North End Crescent, West Kensington.
Objections to the application received by Hammersmith and Fulham Council totalled 1,041, as well as a petition signed by 250 residents.
The application was rejected because it did not meet four licencing requirements: Prevention of crime and disorder in the area, protection of children from harm, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance.
Lindsey Pitt, a member of anti-lap dancing campaign group Stop The Fox, said on Monday: "We are delighted that the panel listened to us. We would like to thank the residents who all pulled together.
"We have Passion Nights' managing director David Moynihan to thank for the sense of community we feel for the first time, in uniting against this."
However, Stop the Fox is prepared to do battle again if needs be. Mr Moynihan can appeal to magistrates against the decision, but he must do so within 21 days of being given the panel's decision in writing.
"We are prepared for what's coming up," added Rschel Marlow. "We understand the process. We got our victory, but it's just the beginning. We want residents to carry on fighting."
Mr Moynihan refused to comment on the meeting or his plans, except to say: "At this stage, anything could happen. Watch this space."