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Our interview with Eric
7:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
BY KATIE PALMER
COUNCILLOR Chris Hossack, who is heading a night-time economy working group at Town Hall, recently blamed Towie for encouraging girls to dress provocatively in Brentwood.
Nights out in the town have become popular because of the TV show, but Mr Pickles said he wanted to create a safer environment, for women alone especially, so eveings would be “remembered with affection and not fear”.
Mr Pickles said the real issue is treating female revellers like human beings. “Women do go out wearing short skirts and they should be treated with respect,” he said.
“I believe people should be able to walk these streets safely.
“There are predatory men and we need to have something where people can be helped and put to safety.“I would be quite in favour of re-organising taxi queues, giving priority to girls on their own.
“It would be good for the town and neighbours as it gets rid of problems quicker. A short skirt is not an invitation to be assaulted.”
Through his role as Communities and Local Government secretary, Mr Pickles has stated wheelie bins are an eyesore.
He proposed all homes should have separate storage areas where bins are kept hidden, however this is difficult for owners of smaller houses.
He said: “If you live in a big house you have the room, but in a terraced house you have smelly bins outside the door all the time.
“It’s just about whether the authorities respect this or not.”
Another subject which has seen Eric recently receive attentio was TV show Top Gear.
He has been asked to be a guest and discuss allowing short stay parking on yellow lines, while presenter Jeremy Clarkson suggested he should be the star in a reasonable priced car.
He said he would consider going on the next series of the show. However, he said that he would not discuss anything serious. “It’s entertainment, I’m not expecting to say anything serious.”
“I also think I’d be terrible on the track as I’m a very slow driver.”
Mr Pickles believes Brentwood Council offers a good service to residents and the town is a lovely place.
“Really the most important thing in town is to get more vocational education facilities available,” Mr Pickles said.
“It is still a very good place to grow up in, it’s a delight to be here.
“To me it’s proper home.”
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