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Banned swingers club to re-open as 'kinky hotel' in Southampton
A SWINGERS club shut down for breaching planning regulations is set to re-open as a “kinky hotel” in Southampton .
The property being advertised as the new location for the club is a road within a conservation area in Woolston .
However, the club’s website listed an extensive programme of weekly parties and boasted of fully equipped dungeons, grope boxes, themed ‘playrooms’ and a hot-tub.
The man behind the club, Martin Millar, told the Daily Echo that the time was right to move and confirmed he planned to re-open under the new name of Club Kiss at the end of the month.
A grand opening event is being organised for September 29 at the new location in St Anne’s Road.
Despite not having the keys to the property that was once used as a residential NHS rehabilitation unit and a hotel, Mr Millar said he was confident the new venture would be open in time.
“We are planning on opening at the end of the month. We have had a few hiccups but we should have the keys soon and it will be a question of getting the place up to scratch as quickly as possible.”
He said that it was intended to run as a hotel that also hosted parties for people with “alternative lifestyles”.
Despite the imminent opening, no formal planning application for the building, known as Milton House, has been submitted to Southampton City Council .
Mr Millar, 37, said he had begun to make inquiries about whether he would need planning permission for the property which was once used as a hotel.
The Victorian property is close to a care home for the elderly and on the same road as the Woolston and Sholing Conservative Club.
News of the venture came as a shock to residents living on the tree-lined street that is made up of a mixture of terrace and large smart detached Victorian homes, some of which have been turned into flats.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I can’t believe they could operate something like that in the middle of a residential area. I don’t want lots of comings and goings in the middle of the night.”
Ward councillor Warwick Payne said: “I can’t see any difference between the business operation in Calmore and what they are apparently planning for Woolston.
“I can’t imagine that such an operation as this would be welcome by the residents and I would urge the organisers behind it to think again if they are planning to set up in Woolston. I would seek to stop that.”