SWISS banking giant UBS is fighting plans for a strip club at its own Leisure World complex in Southampton.

The new lap-dancing club would be squeezed between two family restaurants.

It would offer pole dancing classes until 9pm when strippers will provide adult entertainment until 5am for up to 140 punters.

But UBS fears the families and young adults could be deterred from visiting its restaurants and cinema.

UBS wants councillors to throw out a licence application citing other councils who have experienced an increase in crime and disorder.

It warns the club could attract potential public nuisances to the area such as unlicensed taxis, pimps and prostitutes.

And UBS claims the proposal would harm the development of children through the “overt promotion of sexual activities”.

Male and female dancers are already being recruited for the lap and pole-dancing club which would create up to 29 local jobs.

It will occupy the former Brand bar, previously Bambuubar, between Ask and Frankie & Benny’s restaurants.

Carl Farrely from Farehambased Glamour Bars Limited, the firm behind the proposal, said he was taking a sub-lease on the unit from Rank Entertainment.

Mr Farrely said the complex was already an adult entertainment venue by night with a casino. He said there was no evidence from the city’s existing strip club, For Your Eyes Only, that another would attract problems such as prostitution, and said flyers would be “classy looking with no naked ladies”.

He said: “For Your Eyes Only is a very good role model to follow.

“They’ve had it their own way but competition will put up standards.”

Southampton councillors will decide whether to grant a licence on Thursday.