Home Office minister throws his weight behind Norwich Prince of Wales drink curb plans

PUBLISHED: 17:36 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 April 2014

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker

A Home Office minister has thrown his weight behind plans to curb the impact of binge drinking on the Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

A Home Office minister has thrown his weight behind plans to curb the impact of binge drinking on the Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

Norman Baker praised work to look at ways of dealing with excessive drinking in the heart of Norwich clubland, and said he would be happy to meet local MP Simon Wright and a local councillor to see how the plans could be taken forward.

Liberal Democrat minister Mr Baker also praised Ben Price, a Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet, who conducted a report into tackling anti-social behaviour.

It comes as a radical action plan to tackle long-running problems in the heart of Norwich’s clubbing district, including Prince of Wales Road and Riverside, has been approved by city council chiefs.

The new plan, which comprises 12 key measures, including experimental road closures, extra CCTV cameras, taxi marshals, and new toilets, was drawn up by council officers and police as part of a bid to cut alcohol-fuelled violence in the heart of the city and help make it safer.

It follows work done over the past year, through which Norwich City Council and partner organisations identified a string of key issues, which they say need to be dealt with.

In excess of 30,000 policing hours a year are invested in the night time economy in Prince of Wales Road.

Mr Wright told the House of Commons: “Prince of Wales road in my constituency is the centre of Norwich’s night-time economy, and residents and councillors have launched a stakeholders forum to consider how to deal with the impact of excessive alcohol consumption in the area.”

He called for Mr Baker to join him in welcoming “community-led activity” and asked the minister to meet him and Green councillor Ben Price, who was behind a stakeholder group, to consider how recommendations could be taken forward.

Mr Baker said; “I welcome the community strategy document he mentions and would be happy to meet him and Councillor Price.”


  • Good to hear! However, the council will just issue a placatory statement and then just sit and do nothing until it comes up again. Lots of talk...little action. We need minimum pricing, removal of extra strong alcohol and the off licenses to be shut down from 10pm. That's a start and if it removes the few hundred that just want to get legless and violent spoiling it for the thousands that want to have a good time, not to mention the thousands of residents, then so much the better. C'mon Norwich City Council...grow a pair!

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    Resident Smith

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I agree. Make those clubs and shops which benefit from this pay through the nose.

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    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I think it was because some idiot(s) in city hall actually believed in the romantic idea of a so called European "cafe culture" so happily signed alcohol licenses galore. They failed to realise that our European cousins tend to have a more mature attitude towards drinking instead of the childish "drink as much as possible as fast as possible" approach that the average drunk in PoW Rd tends to have. Personally I think that those venues wanting to stay open longer or serve silly kids booze should all pay a premium with the council business tx. After all, this so called night time economy is really benefitting them mostly isnt it? So, therefore how about the venues being charged £25 per hour for each and every cop on duty on PoW Rd?

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    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Who pays for all this? Local council taxpayers or the profits from the night clubs?

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    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Who allowed this to happen in the first place?

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    Old Long Balls

    Monday, April 28, 2014

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