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BRISTOL SEXUAL ENTERTAINMENT POLICY CONSULTATION 2021

Bristol City Council has launched a consultation on its proposal to adopt a nil cap policy on SEVs - Sexual Entertainment Venues. If this policy is agreed, it would mean closing strip clubs in Bristol.

Bristol currently has two strip clubs in city centre locations next to pubs, clubs, and residents. They are called Central Chambers (9-11 St Stephens Street, BS1 1EE) and Urban Tiger (4 Broad Quay, BS1 4DA, opposite the Hippodrome).

To support the closure of the clubs, to increase the safety of women and girls in the city, we encourage as many people to respond to the consultation as possible https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BristolSexEstablishmentPolicy2021/

We have written some guidance to help you complete the questions easily and as quickly as possible. Below you will find the questions they are asking you and some explaining text in red.

1. Do you agree or disagree with the proposed number of SEVs (zero) for the city centre area?

If you agree with closing the strip clubs for the benefit of all women and girls in Bristol you might answer:

2. How safe or unsafe do you feel when in the city centre after dark?

Please answer this question – it will help the council gain valuable information on people’s feelings of safety particularly at night, and on any gender differences.

3. There are two SEVs in the city centre, one on Broad Quay, and the second on St Stephens Street.

Do these venues affect how safe you feel in the city centre at night?

There is no reliable survey data for Bristol but other evidence shows that some women’s feelings of safety or lack of safety are influenced by whether there are SEVs in the locality, and/or whether they have to walk past them.  This may or may not be true for you.

If the venues do have a negative effect on how safe you feel in the city centre at night you might answer

Please answer this question – it will help the council gain valuable information on people’s feelings of safety particularly at night, and on any gender differences.

4. The draft policy proposes the appropriate number of SEVs for Old Market/West Street area is zero.

The current policy permits one SEV in the Old Market/West Street area. There are currently no licensed SEVs in Old Market/West Street.

Do you agree or disagree with the proposed number of SEVs (zero) for the Old Market/West Street area?

If you don’t want more strip clubs in Bristol you might answer:

5. How safe or unsafe do you feel when in the Old Market/West Street area after dark?

Please answer this question – it will help the council gain valuable information on people’s feelings of safety particularly at night, and on any gender differences.

6. There are currently no SEVs in Old Market/West Street.

Does this affect your perception of how safe you feel in the Old Market/West Street area at night?

This question is asking whether you feel that having no strip clubs in Old Market is a benefit to your feelings of safety.  Do you feel safer because there is no longer a strip club there?  If yes, please answer

Please answer this question – it will help the council gain valuable information on people’s feelings of safety particularly at night, and on any gender differences.

7. Bristol has a vibrant night-time economy which is made up of a range of different types of premises such as bars, clubs, cinemas, theatres, and other mixed use premises. These are premises which operate into the night-time, and early morning. Bristol has won Purple Flag status for a number of years which allows members of the public to quickly identify town and city centres that offer an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

What do you think the impact of SEVs is on Bristol's night-time economy?

If you feel that:

you might answer

8. If you have any other comments about the proposals in the draft Sex Establishments Policy, please provide them below:

Here you are encouraged to give your own views and/or experiences.  In previous consultations people have made the following points:

9. Please say which of the following best describes your situation:

If you are someone who has expertise in gender-based violence or in advancing equality for women and girls, please select “Other” and specify this in your response.