created in Coventry over 50 years ago is set to be scrapped after the Area Health
Authority appealed to the council to allow condoms to be vended in the streets.
Coventry Councils Economic Affairs Committee met to discuss the matter and has
now decided to request that the government overturn the by-law.
Committee chairman Bob Waugh admitted that he felt the rule was old fashioned and
"The by-law was created in a time when contraceptives were probably seen as
offensive but clearly people are becoming more aware, and that is not the case any more.
"The request to alter the by-law came to us through the Health and Social Care
Policy Team, who had been in discussion with Dr Peter Barker at the Coventry Area Health
"We have now decided to ask the government to overturn that law as we believe it
belongs in the past, which was when it was created."
And the councillor believes that a lifting of the by-law will not mean that machines
start springing up all over the streets.
"I dont anticipate them being sold on the side of buildings and that kind of
thing, I think the idea is that they will be put in public places, I know that the bus
station is being considered as a site.
"I know people will make a fuss about it but it is not a ground breaking scheme,
similar things have happened in Nuneaton and Stoke-on-Trent.
"Attitudes are changing and health issues are becoming more important to people,
Coventry has got a high rate of teenage pregnancies and that is one of the things that the
Coventry Area Health Authority were concerned about."