A HUDDERSFIELD sex shop and cinema has won its battle to continue trading.
The Empire Cinema Club, on John William Street, had its licence renewed by Kirklees Council's licensing and safety committee yesterday.
The committee decided that the first-floor business was low-key and well-run, despite objections raised over the licence.
Members also noted that it had been in the town for 25 years without any problems being reported.
Clr David Sheard, who chaired the meeting, said: "We appreciate the objections. I don't think everyone's into the same thing and that will always be the case.
"But on the record of the establishment we approve the application."
The application had been adjourned twice since May, because of objections to the renewal of the sex shop's licence to sell adult books, magazines, videos and sex aids.
The shop is open to anybody over 18, but there is also a private members-only film club, which shows R18 adult movies.
There were no objectors at yesterday's meeting.
The Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle, was one of the most outspoken objectors.
She felt the sex shop gave John William Street a "seedy" atmosphere and made people feel uncomfortable.
On hearing the licence had been renewed she said: "Obviously we are disappointed and the churches remain concerned.
"We want the best for the town and all its people. We are grateful for the time and trouble the licensing committee have taken in considering this matter."
Solicitor Stephen Pollitt, representing the shop's owner Stephen Fawthrop, said: "I can understand the objectors and I can understand the people who need to use the sex shop.
"Historically, these premises have not caused trouble and have catered for over 16,000 cinema club members.
"What would happen if they didn't have facilities that were well run?
"Keeping control of it in this way is quite proper."