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Council bosses: "No decision made on TOWIE shuttle service yet"
10:03am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses have said “no final decision” has been made on whether to supply taxis for scantily dressed girls hitting the tiles in Brentwood.
A proposal outlined by councillor Chris Hossack suggesting discounted rides home for drunk females wearing revealing clothing on a night out in the town caught national attention over the weekend.
The idea from Mr Hossack who is heading a group looking at issues with the town’s night-time economy has been heavy criticised by many people since it was first revealed.
Now the council has come out and stated nothing has been decided regarding the management of evening activity in Brentwood.
A statement issued by the council said: “Following some media coverage this week about nightlife in Brentwood, we want to make it clear that the Council has no intention of funding a shuttle bus or taxi service to take visitors back to their hotels at night.
“Such a service is one of many options put forward by stakeholders for consideration by a new group established to look at keeping Brentwood a safe and enjoyable place for a night out.
“No decision has been made about this service, but if it were to go ahead, it would be privately funded.“ Mr Hossack said the provision of taxis or a shuttle bus service would help vulnerable clubbers get home safely.
He also criticised the TOWIE affect for making woman buy revealing clothing to make themselves more attractive before going on a night out.
The plan has been blasted by opposition councillors along with former TOWIE star Amy Childs and charity Victim Support.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “It must always be remembered that a victim is just that.
“It should never be suggested that a victim makes themselves open to crime because of what they wear or how they act.”