Greenhouse Health Club recently submitted an application with the city to sell adult DVD and sex toys. However they faced opposition from residents and Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway.
In a letter of objection sent to Luton Borough Council, Kathryn Holloway claimed the application has caused
“widespread offence and very deep concern” and warned that if the application was allowed, “a number of potential policing issues may arise” because it was five minutes away from the mosque.
“Luton Borough Council is usually particularly aware of matters of cultural sensitivity,” she added. “I trust therefore that you will fully understand that, given the large and devout Muslim population in this area of the borough, there is naturally a high level of religious and cultural opposition to such a business among these residents which needs to be respected, in my view.”
The Greenhouse decided to withdraw their application because of the letter, in addition to a petition that had been submitted.
As reported in Luton Today
One of those who signed the petition claimed that Greenhouse “will bring unpleasant diseases to our communities”, while another slammed the owner for having “no shame” and attempting to expand the business with something “so disgusting near and around holy surroundings.”
Others labelled the sauna “immoral”, “crazy” and “dangerous for our children”.
One of the petition’s signatories wrote that homosexuality stems from “brain diseases/malfunction” and “incorrect thinking”.
The comments have been denounced by LGBT rights charity Stonewall, which told the Herald & Post that the language used is “homophobic and hateful”.
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