Protesters flocked to a demonstration to stop late-night lap-dancing coming to their neighbourhood.

About 100 people turned out in Stoneham Park in Hove yesterday to show their opposition to a bid by the Portland Hotel in Portland Road to host strip shows until 4am.

Green city councillor and prospective Parliamentary candidate Ian Davey welcomed the turnout.

He said: "It just shows the real strength of feeling in the local community against these ridiculous and outrageous proposals."

Coun Davey said: "Our message to the committee is, 'just say no'."

He said more than 60 people had written letters of objection and a 150-signature petition has been handed to the council.

The Portland's landlord has defended the bid, explaining he wants the new licence to allow smokers outside later and that exotic dancing events would not be held regularly, if at all.

Brighton and Hove City Council's licensing panel is meeting on Thursday at 9.30am at Brighton Town Hall to determine the application.