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MP claims alcohol pricing plan will make Lichfield ‘more hospitable’

A new Government plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol will make Lichfield “more hospitable”, according to the city’s MP.

The proposal is part of a series of measures aimed at cutting binge drinking and alcohol-related illness across the country.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

And Michael Fabricant MP believes local residents will feel the benefit of the move by his coalition colleagues.

“Although I have never felt intimidated in Lichfield on a Friday or Saturday night, I am well aware that many Lichfield residents feel worried when walking through the City centre late at night on a weekend,” he said.

“The problem often arises from youngsters getting tanked up on cheap booze before they even enter city centres. So the plan to introduce minimum pricing in supermarkets and off-licences which sometimes sell alcohol as a loss-leader has my full support.

“And later this year, Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders will give local authorities, like Lichfield District Council, the power to control late night drinking. Hard pressed police forces will receive funding through a Late Night Levy which will be charged on businesses that sell alcohol late into the night.

“But these controls will not only help make Lichfield and other parts of the West Midlands less rowdy at night, it will enhance the experience of visiting Lichfield – or LichVegas as it has become known.

“LichVegas has become renowned as a great venue for a good night out and the local economy has benefitted accordingly. These controls will make Lichfield even more hospitable to locals and visitors alike.”

The Conservative MP also moved to ease fears that the Government’s alcohol strategy would hurt businesses.

He explained: “Traditional pubs and restaurants for which Lichfield is becoming particularly famous, will be mainly exempt from these controls. They should feel the real benefit of not being heavily undercut by cheap lager and cider.

“In some shops and supermarkets, drinks are now so heavily discounted that it’s possible to buy a can of lager for as little as 20p or a 2 litre bottle of cider for around £1.70. That has to be wrong.”

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  1. BrownhillsBob

    24th March, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Rephrased for ease of digestion:

    We’ve introduced measures to counteract a problem Lichfield doesn’t have. Although Lichfield doesn’t have this problem, it’ll make the city much safer.

    Goodness? Is that the time? Stranger’s Bar will be closing and the I can’t miss my VAT-free, subsidised drink.

    Hic! Trebles all round!


  2. plop

    24th March, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    All aboard the PR train!

  3. Doopster

    24th March, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    What a load of codswallop. Too much double-talk makes people stop listening. Every city venue relies on it’s weekend income to make it just-about profitable, then they’re slapping a further levy on them. Yes Fabricant, you really are supporting the city that’s elected you. Just like when you can be found shopping in Tamworth.

  4. Foxy

    25th March, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I think education will deal with alcohol problems better than increasing prices.
    Cigarettes is a great example of high pricing making little difference.

    I do think the late night levy is also unfair on the late bars (such as Scales, George IV and Paradise Lounge)..
    It’s almost the same story as the supermarkets – get “tanked up” at Weatherspoons (who shut at 12) and then go the late bars who have to pay the Levy.

    All the bars and restaurants enjoy profits due to the late bars – if it weren’t for the late bars, Lichfield would be a ghost town.

  5. Jamie

    29th March, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Fabricant does realise that most of the time the phrase ‘Lichvegas’ is Ironic because Lichfield is actually a terrible place for a decent night out doesn’t he?

  6. Rich Spencer

    30th March, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Fine, raise the price of alcohol in the offie and supermarket if you want less antisocial boozing. But then lower the cost for struggling pubs and make it easier for businesses whose reason for existing is to create a social atmosphere based around enjoying the stuff!
    Then if people start taking advantage of the more reasonable prices a little too much and stay out all night buying kebabs in city centre streets where barely anybody lives, at least you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve helped to save the economy of another small business which will get you more votes amongst the underprivileged working class that the Conservative Party loves bleeding dry in one form or another.