Norfolk

Norwich topless barbers plan is withdrawn

A plan to open a barbers with topless staff in Norwich has been withdrawn.

The Qube bar on Prince of Wales Road was set to open during the day with topless stylists, under proposals sent to the city council.

It had received 55 public comments, nine of which were in support of the plan. A council spokeswoman said it had no record of the reason for the withdrawal.

Applicant Rebecca Bird is yet to comment.

It was not clear from the application whether the salon would have been staffed by men or women.

'Yuck factor'

Lesley Grahame, Green councillor for Thorpe Hamlet, said she understood the leaseholder of Qube had not agreed to the application.

She added: "There was great relief when it was withdrawn because they [objectors] didn't want Prince of Wales Road by day to be like Prince of Wales Road by night, because it's a place that lots of people avoid.

"Businesses in the area are already struggling, and a lot of women I spoke to said it had the 'yuck factor'."

Gary Thompson, of GT's barbers near Qube, had described the plan as "an absolutely ludicrous idea" and said he was pleased it had been dropped.

The 143 followers of a Facebook group, Against Topless Barbers in Norwich, claimed the Qube plan would damage nearby businesses, negatively change the street's daytime trade and reduce potential business growth.

A rival Facebook group, For Topless Barbers in Norwich, had encouraged its 263 followers to indicate their support to the city council.

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