Council leader demands review over 99p pint

January 7, 2009 11:14 AM
Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith

Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith calling for a review

Cambridge City Council leader, Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith is to investigate whether a pub's licence should be reviewed after it cut beer prices to just 99p.

He fears the move by The Regal in St Andrew's Street could add to an increase in alcohol-fuelled trouble in the area.

"There are already problems in this area," he said, "and, by cutting beer prices, this pub chain is encouraging people to drink more. I am worried that this could lead to more problems for residents and the police."

The pub, owned by national chain Wetherspoons, has cut the price of a bottle of San Miguel or a pint of Green King IPA to 99 pence as a "credit crunch gesture".

But Cllr Nimmo-Smith has asked for information from the council's licensing department on any relevant conditions attached to The Regal's licence in a bid to seek a review.

He added: "This move to cut prices is obviously simply designed to increase business during this difficult climate without any regard for the consequences. We should be encouraging people to drink more responsibly and I will be asking for this action to be closely scrutinised."

Market Ward Cllr Colin Rosenstiel said: "I am disappointed that this national pub chain which could be promoting responsible drinking, is in fact putting profit before common sense.

"It is obvious that by cutting prices in this way they are clearly expecting customers to drink more; therefore they are clearly prepared to accept responsibility for fuelling the problems that result from too much alcohol."

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