Police lay down the law over Carrow Road hotel

PUBLISHED: 12:43 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:07 14 September 2010

The new Holiday Inn next to the football ground at Carrow Road.

The new Holiday Inn next to the football ground at Carrow Road.

A series of stringent rules have been laid down by police for a new hotel overlooking the pitch at Carrow Road to make sure guests don't invite people along to watch games for free and to stop fans throwing bottles and glasses at players and the crowd.

A series of stringent rules have been laid down by police for a new hotel overlooking the pitch at Carrow Road to make sure guests don't invite people along to watch games for free and to stop fans throwing bottles and glasses at players and the crowd.

The multi-million pound, 150-room Holiday Inn, which joins the Jarrold Stand and Barclay End is set to open in April, but only if Norwich City Council's licensing committee approves the plans when it meets a week today.

Guests at the hotel during match-days will be allowed to watch the action on the pitch, however hotel bosses must agree to a series of rules drawn-up by Norfolk police to prevent any disorder from taking place.

The measures, drawn up by Inspector Peter Walsh of the force's safer communities team, includes:

t Limiters to be placed on the windows overlooking the pitch to prevent objects from being thrown towards the pitch or stands at the football ground

t No more than two adults to be allowed in guest rooms overlooking the football pitch on match days for a period of one hour before or one hour after a home match

t No person subjected to a Football Banning Order should be admitted to or accommodated at the hotel on a day when Norwich City are scheduled to play a home football match

t No banners, signs or visible representations to be displayed at or hung from windows facing the football pitch at any time

t Two SIA door staff to be on duty at the hotel for a period starting at least one hour before kick off and one hour after

t CCTV to be installed within the public areas of the hotel

According to a report to the licensing committee, the hotel will operate as a bar, restaurant, lounge area and meeting room, while the bedrooms will have mini-bars.

The application also seeks to allow the showing of films, indoor sporting entertainment, live music, recorded music, dance performances and a late night refreshment license until 5am every day.

However, the council has received three letters of objection to the plans from people living nearby.

Leslie Hughes, of Carrow Road, has objected to the plans amid fears of a noise nuisance from guests in the early hours of the morning.

He said: “I live almost the other side of the road from this and there will never be any peace anymore.”

Shaun Hudson, of Cozens Road, Thorpe, said: “I believe this would be a haven for trouble between rival supporters and local supporters visiting the football ground, because of drunken behaviour.”

A report by applicants Kew Green Hotels said there would be CCTV inside and outside the premises and crime prevention notices posted, warning customers of any local issues such as vehicle crime, pickpockets or bag snatchers.

Measures will also be put in place to prevent a public nuisance from noise.

Deals on offer for guests will include The Premiership package, which starts from £35 per person per night and runs from April 2 through to August 31.

The Championship package, which starts from £20 per person per night, allows people to enjoy a bottle of specially selected red or chilled white wine, Internet access and robe and slippers.

Meanwhile, the League One package starts at £15 and allows people to enjoy complimentary movies, Internet access and iced lager. A 150-year lease was granted to the hotel company in return for a payment of £1.1million to the club, which has negotiated a 30pc stake in the business.

t The application will be determined by licensing committee members on Thursday, March 7, at 10am at City Hall.

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