Tendring District Council in cover-up call over naked events

  • 25 July 2013
  • From the section Essex
Peter Halliday
Image caption Council leader Peter Halliday claims naked events are harming the image of the area

A council says it wants to ban naked events claiming recent nudist activities were damaging the area's image.

Last month Clacton's West Beach hosted a naked swim. It was followed by a naked bicycle ride on Saturday.

Tendring District Council said it plans to meet with police to try to "halt naked events".

Leader of the Conservative-run council Peter Halliday said: "I feel there must be a way that we can say no."

Mr Halliday said he accepted the swim in June was for charity.

But he said: "Clacton is a traditional family seaside resort and in my opinion people riding around on bikes with no clothes on does nothing to enhance our image. In fact, it harms it.

"Tendring as a whole prides itself on being family friendly and we are in danger of having that spoilt with the type of events we have had to suffer over the past few weeks."

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