10 years ago the police raided Cuddles, a 'private massage parlour' on the Hagley Road opposite the Kings Head. You can read the lurid details here and you will see that it wasn't really a massage parlour at all, but a sordid operation involving prostitution and people trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe.
As a result of the raid the owner was jailed for a number of offences, including the possession of firearms.
Fast forward four years, and what do we find in the adjoining property, with a near identical sign, but another 'private massage club' but this one called Bunnys Club and tastelessly advertising itself as 'Birmingham's Hottest Massage Parlour'. As you can see from their marketing, the 'massage' on offer appears to be designed to appeal to a very specific clientele. Eventually the council was able to close the place down because it hadn't got the appropriate planning permission.
Well, guess what? On the site of the original Cuddles we now find, with a remarkably similar signage, a planning application for… a private massage and beauty parlour! This one is called Bubbles, and although their website and Twitter feed appear to have been hastily taken down, it was not before we managed to get a screenshot which illustrated just exactly the sort of gentlemen's relaxation they had in mind in their advertising.
Well, is this the sort of establishment you think will enhance Bearwood? Or do you think that a 'private massage club' which advertises and markets it's services in this blatant manner, just yards away from two secondary schools, is wholly inappropriate and likely to encourage potential criminal behaviour in our neighbourhood?
If you think the latter you can raise your objection to the planning application by writing to Sandwell Council's Planning Officer, Dean Leadon, via firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number: DC/15/57809