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Sex club scrapped after protests
Swingers club
Protestors said the club was in a residential area
Plans for a private sex club in County Durham have been dropped after objections from hundreds of people.

A company wanted to turn the derelict King's Head hotel in Stanley, near Durham, into a private member's club for swingers, known as the Love Shack.

But councillors received a petition signed by more than 600 people, pointing out the site would be close to a children's skateboard park and open every afternoon until midnight.

Now the company behind the project says the development will go ahead - but only as a hotel and spa.

However, Derwentside District Council intends to press ahead with a special meeting to discuss the issue.

The venue will still have special features like a steam room and spa.

But Robin Rostron, of developers Archer and Rostron, said the hotel would no longer promote itself as a venue for swingers.

'Indulge in fantasies'

He said: The plan now is to open it as a hotel with spa facilities.

"We will not be running the swingers club within it.

"We were pretty sure we had the planning regulations on our side and we could have put two fingers up to the local populace and gone ahead with it.

"But we have decided now not to organise it as a swingers club.

"If people turn up, they will find themed bedrooms, but there are lots of hotels that have themed bedrooms.

"There will still be facilities for people who want to indulge in their fantasies."

Alex Watson, leader of Derwentside District Council said he was pleased at the latest move.

He said: "This is great news for the people of Stanley who had deep anxiety over what was proposed.

"However, there are still issues that need to be discussed and we will go ahead with a special planning committee meeting of the council to go through them."

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