Strip club: The decision
CHEDDAR will not be getting a lap dancing club, a hen and stag do organiser has confirmed.
Promoter Chillisauce had been sounding out Cheddar as a possible alternative to lad and gal destinations like Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.
Questions and concerns were raised over the prospect of a lap dancing club but the company has now confirmed that stag and hen weekends will not be launched in Cheddar.
A spokesman said: “After reviewing the feedback from local residents through the Cheddar Valley Gazette, and directly, we have decided not to launch stag and hen weekends in Cheddar.
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“However, we will continue to offer Cheddar’s unusual activities to groups staying in Bristol and Bath. We are currently researching other destinations.
“After reviewing suggestions from locals, we will be working with local businesses in Cheddar next year to set up a Cheddar team building experience for our corporate clients on weekdays. This will be available from February 2014.”
Mike Chidzey, head of marketing and PR for Chillisauce, published an article detailing the process of discussion, decision and outcomes from consultations with residents of Cheddar.
He said: “Cheddar has a lot to offer as a destination.
“Of course, lap dancing is at the extreme end of the argument when it comes to stag weekends, but it is clearly still an important topic for the community to discuss, which is why it has been raised early in the conversation.
“Cheddar is famous for many of its natural attractions and we are most interested in those attractions and businesses that already exist.
“But opening up the village to the stag and hen industry and the increased footfall that this would bring is also likely to attract related businesses keen to make the most of the new visitors, so we’re glad that the Cheddar Valley Gazette raised the issue.
"It’s better to have these conversations now than go around apologising to people we’ve offended later.
“Local residents have helped us with suggestions of specific businesses and events that could be incorporated into our packages, local knowledge that we would never have been able to come up with ourselves.
“Similarly, the broad appeal of the area has led to suggestions of promoting Cheddar as a destination to meet growing trends such as quieter stag and hen parties, or to cater for older couples getting married or those on second marriages, or even ‘sten’ and ‘hag’ dos – getaways that combine stag and hens in one weekend.”
The company can be found at www.chillisauce.co.uk.
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