People in Norwich are to be asked whether they support a move to stop alcohol being served across the city in the early hours.

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Norfolk police, concerned that extended opening by bars and clubs has led to an increase in crime beyond 3am, had asked Norwich City Council to use new powers to control when they can serve alcohol.

If the council introduces what is known as an early morning restriction order, it would apply to the whole of the city.

At a meeting last night, the council unanimously agreed to advertise the order, which means the public will now be consulted over the change.

People will be asked whether they support the move and then asked which of two options they would back.

One would see the sale of alcohol in Norwich banned between 3am and 6am every day, with the exception of the area designated by the council as the late night activity zone, chiefly Prince of Wales Road and Tombland.

In that area the sale of alcohol would be banned between 3am and 6am Monday to Friday and between 4am and 6am at weekends.

The second proposal would stop alcohol sales between 2.30am and 6am, apart from in the late night activity zone, where the sale would be banned between 3am and 6am Monday to Friday and from 3.30am to 6am at weekends.

Bars and clubs in the city’s Prince of Wales Road have already voluntarily agreed to stop serving alcohol after 4am, but the police want to make it more official.

At last night’s meeting, Labour councillor Paul Kendrick, who chairs the council’s licensing committee, said: “There’s a difference between British and European cultures and sadly not a good one.

“In Norwich, like many British cities, the late night activity area is very close to residential areas. They don’t deserve to wake up at 4am to people shouting or defecating in their gardens.”

Ben Price, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet, welcomed the move.

He said he was regularly contacted by people in his ward complaining about anti-social behaviour.

Norfolk police have not made an application to use another new power which would have enabled a late night levy to be imposed on bars, pubs and clubs.

That late night levy would have meant the city council, as the licensing committee, could get a contribution from alcohol suppliers towards policing the night-time economy.

What do you think? Write to Norwich Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • I'll believe it when I see it - don't hold your breath! See muy comments about minimum price alcohol.

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    biglingers

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Assuming that people don't set out for clubs and bars in the small hours, but go out earlier, I'm amazed that anyone can afford to spend hours drinking in these dives; unless it's pints of tap-water all round.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • I may 'live in the past' BUT !! I belive the 60's were better. You had off licences and not the supermarkets. As a youngster I was taught to 'drink sensibly' by the landlord and customers in my local. Too reach 'contentment before capacity, Put drinking back into the local pubs were it can be moniterd ' NOT by the supermarkets where the kids today 'preload befor they go out. Reduce the cost of the tax in locals stop the pubs closing. Increase the supermarket taxes. Hit the trouble makers hard !! Drunken behavour should carry a huge fine (many weeks wages)and weekend community service. It is a minority I belive that cause the trouble..hit them, not the sencible drinkers. However a 2am to 9am ban would be a good idea. It gives plenty of time for people to 'enjoy themselves', I do agree, sadly we are not like the European cultures.

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    musicman

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • 'to get their say' Do you mean, "to have their say"? Please use proper English grammar.

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    kenneth jessett

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • I think its shocking how people can ruin other peoples lives with their behavour. People should be able to live their own lives as they wish but not when it disturbs others. No where should be open after midnight.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Johnny Norfolk...i agree with one thing you said. People should be able to live their lives as they wish and there is no excusing bad behaviour...drunken or otherwise. But i like to go out Fridays and saturdays and i donr want to be told i have to go home at midnight! Donr punish the majority because of a few morons!!!! Sto serving alcohol at 3.30am, i can see the sense in that but not before. And before you say it i am 47 and dont want to go to niteclubs!

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    simon taylor

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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