A CHILDREN'S charity is opposing a bid to open a sex shop on the edge of Camberley's town centre.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation UK occupies offices alongside the proposed shop in London Road.

And John Jacobs, the charity's chief executive, fears the controversial business could hit his organisation's work.

In a letter to Surrey Heath Council's licensing committee, he says: "It may affect adversely the number of people and volunteers coming to our office."

The visitors also include many children, he adds, and he feels it would be wrong for them to have to walk past the shop.

He is among eight people objecting to an application by 58-year-old grandfather Terence Mortimer for a sex establishment licence.

Mr Mortimer, who claims to have been trading in Camberley for over 24 years, has applied for a licence to sell sex books, videos and magazines.

The council's policy states that it is "not appropriate" to license any sex establishments within the borough.

However, its licensing committee has been told, Mr Mortimer's application must be dealt with on its merits.

The matter was being considered by the committee as the Star went to press this week.