Opinion: I fear for safety on Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road - but what do you think?

PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28 23 January 2014

Prince of Wales Road at night. Picture: Denise Bradley

Prince of Wales Road at night. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Reader David Utting speaks of his ongoing concerns for safety on Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road, where a police officer suffered a broken arm last week.

Yet again we read of violence on Prince of Wales Road, and yet again we hear a senior police officer claim such incidents are “rare” and “isolated”.

Just who does Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean think he’s kidding? Does he fear that if he acknowledges that there is a serious problem, the police would be blamed for it? The root of the problem is Norwich City Council’s continued desire to turn Norwich into the Night Club Capital of East Anglia and as a result this road has degenerated badly.

Not content with this, the council has now given permission for a “restaurant” of unknown type and karaoke bar above the jewellers opposite the market in Gentleman’s Walk on the grounds that it will “liven up” an area of the city which is “rather quiet” at night. Perish the thought that any part of the city should be quiet at any time. We are told that such “developments” are “important to the city’s economy”.

What could be more important than a city which is a clean and civilised place in which to live and where its citizens feel able to go about their lawful business, at any time, without fear of becoming the victims of drink and drug-fuelled violence.

The police are to be admired for the strenuous efforts they make but they face an uphill struggle against a council whose only priority – it seems – is to satisfy the demands of those who profit the most, financially, from the kind of “culture” prevalent on Prince of Wales Road.

David Utting,


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