Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lib-Dem, Kingsthorpe) has
joined forces with council leaders and religious groups
to condemn plans for the controversial business, which
would see a team of bikini-clad girls scrubbing cars.
The Bubbles 'n' Babes carwash, which charges £25 for a
rubdown, is due to open in Northampton this summer,
following the successful launch of a branch just off the
M69 near Hinckley earlier this month.
But the business has been heavily criticised by
campaigners determined to see it shut down.
Councillor Beardsworth said: "It's awful. It's degrading
to women, it's irresponsible and it's a slap in the face
for the town.
"This is not the kind of thing we want coming to
Northampton and I will do all I can to stop it
"I am no prude, but surely there is enough of this sort
of thing out there on the internet and TV not to justify
half-naked girls cleaning cars in Northampton.
"It's pathetic. Lapdancing clubs are one thing, but this
is something completely different."
The firm is yet to find a suitable venue for the
Northampton branch, but religious groups are keen to see
it stopped before it arrives.
Timothy Webb, the chairman of the Northampton branch of
the Christian People's Alliance, said: "Standards are
plummeting. It is demeaning and undermines everything we
"It will attract the wrong sort of crowd and will do
nothing for Northampton whatsoever."
Fears have been raised that the carwash could attract
vulnerable teenage girls trafficked into the UK from
Eastern Europe to fill roles in the sex industry.
The Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council,
Councillor Gina Ogden (Con, Woodford & Weedon) said: "I
think it's unnecessary and I worry that these girls are
not going to be treated with the respect they deserve."
The following extract is a copy of our emailed response
to the Mayor which was also sent to numerous media
contacts to ensure that this argument is indeed open to
the public who have a right to an opinion;
Dear Councillor Sally Beardsworth,
have read with interest a number of comments from
yourself and some of your colleagues regarding
www.bubbles-n-babes.com and our plans to open a
topless carwash in Northants. By the way, you are
not alone as we are currently looking for suitable
locations in Nottingham, Derby, Coventry and
Birmingham for a swift 3 month roll-out prior to
launching our franchise operations across the UK.
There seems to be a complete misconception of who
and what we are and I have decided to publicly
defend our corner.
Initially, I am a great believer that a wise mind
reserves comment until all the facts are gathered
and considering you are a councillor I am somewhat
taken aback by your hastiness to form an opinion of
our business, furthermore many comments I have read
from the Northants press from yourself and your
colleagues are nearing slander and I urge you to
learn more about us prior to any further opinions.
me start by advising you that we are a legitimate
business with big plans. We aim to franchise into
every single city across the UK, we are highly
focused on establishing ourselves as a brand name,
trading successfully and ultimately listing on a
suitable market within 5 years.
Five of the girls who have started with us in the
beginning have been advised that they will receive
shares within our company after 12 months service
providing they continue to work hard. They will be
in business suits not bikinis in the coming months,
running the business and overseeing the franchises
and should we float in 5 years then they will all
become wealthy girls. Is this really
dare you and your naive colleagues label us before
even knowing who we are, I am livid with suggestions
of the possibility of illegal immigrants etc. being
introduced to the sex industry via my company -
perhaps you should read our recruitment page in our
website. We have a strict criteria for applicants
wishing to work with us.
Understand this, we are NOT and I repeat NOT
breaking any laws, nor are we exploiting anybody.
Our girls are business-minded and switched on, they
can see the possibilities of this company and they
believe in what we are doing as much as I do. Staff
and customers enter our premises of their own
can we be viewed as 'seedy'? We have been
considerate enough to operate in an industrial unit
away from local residents, we are not offering
anything illegal, it is all behind closed doors, we
have had over 1,000 customers in the last 2 weeks
and not one incident of trouble - feel free to
confirm this with our local police. We are taking
orders from wives purchasing gift vouchers for a
topless carwash for their husbands, everybody has
fun and it is no worse than the old cheeky slap 'n'
tickle postcards available years ago in the old
Benny Hill must be laughing his head off up there,
look properly at who we are, are we really immoral
pay good money to our staff, they abide by excellent
work ethics and standards, our customers enjoy a
very novel and fun service which is evolving into
repeat business. Aside from single men and groups
of men, our customers include couples and even
groups of girls. It is just a bit of fun, nothing
sordid, we are NOT a brothel.
have major fund raising plans ahead, plus we are
hopefully about to sponsor a team of Hinckley girls
to walk 60 miles in Birmingham for breast cancer, we
will be offering theme days and ladies days where
all proceeds will be given to local charities and
NOT degrade my business without researching who we
are and what we are about. The large corporates
sell their products with images of scantily-clad
females, just look at the many billboards, magazines
and so-forth. How about topless women on the
beaches around the UK? Will they be banned? Are
they 'awful'? We are nowhere near as risqué as
lap-dancing clubs, massage parlours etc.
Perhaps you should all focus your attention on more
worthy issues such as violence and crime on the
streets, drug abuse, homelessness, child abuse, road
safety and much, much more.
are doing nothing wrong, we are a legitimate
business set to explode across the UK and we aim to
put-back via charity days and more.
This email is directed at you and every person
listed in the extract below, plus any other
small-minded objectors out there. I will be
emailing it to all of the local and national press
and our 36,000 followers who have logged on our
website in the last 11 days.,
am not phased by threats of campaigns to prevent us
establishing our business in Northampton because I
will counter any campaign with a national and
possibly international campaign.
Perhaps a face-to-face meeting would be in order at
Attempting to prevent fair trade / a business
operating strictly within the remit of the law is
somewhat perverse and highly un-just.
advise you to think carefully about opposing our
company because you and your fellow objectors are
the minority. You should all lighten-up, this is
2006, we are absolutely legal, we are no less
immoral than females sunbathing topless or naked on
a beach or girls modelling semi-naked for fragrance
Finally, I served in HM Royal Navy for 6 years and I
am a law abiding citizen without any criminal
history, I am a family man and I have EVERY RIGHT to
establish my business in any location within the UK.
Local councils need to see what we are prior to
jumping on their moral high-horses unless
embarrassment is an image they welcome!!!
eagerly await your reply.
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