Tan shop’s bikini woman must go

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has cam­paigned against the im­ages, said: “The Sun Shack tan­ning sa­lon will be is­sued with an en­force­ment no­tice, hav­ing failed for more than six months to sub­mit a valid plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for their win­dow dis­plays.

“The Sun Shack has dragged out the plan­ning process by sub­mit­ting two ap­pli­ca­tions with­out the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to al­low them to be de­ter­mined.

“It looks like they have sim­ply been play­ing the sys­tem.

“Go­ing through part of the mo­tions in or­der to stave off en­force­ment.”

The sa­lon failed to com­ply with the lat­est Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil dead­line, which gave the owner un­til Oc­to­ber 18 to sub­mit a valid ap­pli­ca­tion for ad­ver­tise­ment con­sent.

Cllr Bar­rett first re­ceived com­plaints back in Fe­bru­ary about the posters which alledgedly fea­ture sex­u­alised im­ages of a young woman clasp­ing her breasts and pre­sent­ing her but­tocks to passers-by.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat group leader added: “The tan­ning sa­lon is sit­u­ated within the Perth Cen­tral con­ser­va­tion area.

“More than six months ago, I was ad­vised by plan­ners that th­ese posters were un­law­ful.

“It is highly un­likely that such tacky im­ages of a women in sex­u­alised poses on full height win­dows, would be granted plan­ning con­sent. The op­er­a­tors of the sa­lon ap­pear to have been play­ing the sys­tem to avoid hav­ing to take the posters down.

“I am pleased that the coun­cil’s pa­tience has now been ex­hausted and a no­tice is­sued for the im­me­di­ate re­moval of the posters is to be is­sued.

“The lo­cal amenity of the area will much be im­proved as soon as the posters come down.”

The tan­ning sa­lon is part of a chain of 18 shops in Scot­land. Sun Shack’s owner in Glas­gow de­clined to com­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Bar­ratt had pre­vi­ously de­scribed the pic­tures as an “arched back, cleav­age-clutch­ing, bot­tom dis­play”.

But yes­ter­day com­ments in the street ranged from “not fussed” to “take it down, this ob­jec­ti­fies women”.

Colin, a lo­cal of 69 said: “For good­ness sake, this is po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness gone mad. I ac­tu­ally think this is pleas­ant to look at.

“The prob­lem th­ese days is two peo­ple com­plain about some­thing and the world has to change.”

Pen­sioner El­iz­a­beth McRob­bie from Wor­mit in Fife said: “I pass this shop ev­ery Thurs­day and I don’t ob­ject to the posters at all.”

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