Electric Stag gets licence but barred from playing live music

A NEW bar in the town centre has been granted a licence to provide entertainment seven days a week but cannot play live music.

The Electric Stag, on the site of the Old Street Bar in Robertson Street, applied to Hastings Borough Council for permission to be able to play recorded music at its venue every day from 6am to 4am and supply alcohol from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3.30am and Sunday, from noon to 3.30am.

It also wanted to have opening hours of Monday to Sunday from 6am to 4.30am.

Councillors on the council’s licensing sub-committee discussed the bar’s application on Monday at their meeting and gave the go-ahead for a licence but imposed a number of restrictions.

The move came amid concerns by the council and police over the potential of increased noise and disturbance in the town centre.

Prior to Monday’s meeting David Bell, the council’s principal environmental health officer, wrote to Bob Brown, the authority’s licensing manager, saying he had ‘serious concerns’ about the application due to the noise in the town centre during unsocial hours, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

He had recommended the licence be refused.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating, district commander for Hastings, also wrote to Mr Brown at the council recommending the application be turned down for similar reasons given by Mr Bell.

But the Electric Stag was granted a licence, although barred from playing live music. It also has to stop serving alcohol every day at 1am and close its premises at 1.30am.

The application was made by consultants Licence Us on behalf of Aslit Ltd.