A FETISH club in Honley has been granted a sex shop licence, despite objections.
Bosses of Nemesis II, on the Crossley Mills Business Park, New Mill Road, refused to comment following the decision by Kirklees councillors yesterday .
But the business, which makes, demonstrates and sells fetish/sex equipment will have to adhere to strict conditions to keep its licence.
These include operating times, the layout of the business unit, signs and the doors which people use to get in.
Speaking at the regulatory panel meeting on behalf of the applicant, Richard Uttley, a man who refused to be named said there was a growing market for the type of equipment which the firm produced.
"The fetish scene is not hard core. It is fantasy and consensual," he said.
The man said Nemesis II, which holds fetish nights three times a month at the premises, had some 300 members on its books and around 60 went to each meeting.
He said it was for couples, not single men.
People who attended did so on an invitation only basis and their credentials were thoroughly checked before they attended.
He said the owners believed they had behaved responsibly and had not brought the area into disrepute.
Anyone who attended the sessions was brought in by a back door, rather than the front.
He said Nemesis II had been operating from the premises since May, 1993, and had not known it needed a licence.
The meeting heard there had been a 28-name petition from residents of the Holme and Colne valleys objecting to the application and five individual letters.
Letters had been received from five local businesses stating they had no objection to the application.
Former Honley resident Ian Ingles, of Daisy Royd, Newsome said he had serious concerns about the operation of Nemesis, particularly as two of his children went to Honley High School which was nearby.
He said activities at the club were "deviant and bordering on the pathological".
He also said he was worried about the use of violence and sex together and how it impinged on public safety.
Mr Ingles said he was keen for the business to be properly licensed, with limitations on membership and operating times.
Councillors said the manufacturing part of the business could operate between 8am and 6pm.
The club nights could be held between 9pm and 6am.