Pub licence change refused

AN Old Town pub’s bid to extend its hours for selling alcohol, playing recorded music and screening indoor sporting events has been rejected by council bosses.

Stephen Foot, landlord of the London Trader in East Beach Street, asked Hastings Borough Council if he could be allowed to offer the extra services at his pub from Sunday to Wednesday, 9am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 2.30am.

He also wanted to provide live music at the venue seven days a week from 11am to 11pm.

But councillors on the council’s licensing sub-committee refused Mr Foot’s application on Tuesday (October 22).

Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander, wrote to the council’s licensing manager, Bob Brown, prior to Tuesday’s meeting opposing the application.

He feared that the proposals put forward by the London Trader were not sufficient enough to deter anti-social behaviour and crime.

Mr Foot said the pub had installed a new sound system to reduce noise pollution and that all doors and windows, except the entrance and exit would be shut from 9pm.

A number of conditions were imposed on the pub in October 2011 by the council’s licensing sub-committee after a review of the premises licence.

An appeal was then issued by Mr Foot via the magistrates court in April last year but it was dismissed. Last October the London Trader applied for an extension of opening hours for drinking, dancing and music but the license was only granted in part.

The council had heard there had been several incidents at the pub from April 2012 to October that year.

Cllr Jay Kramer, the council’s lead member for licensing, said: “The committee found that application was lacking in specificity and enforceability and that the variances proposed were either already existing, mandatory or too vague to be enforceable. The previous variation made to the London Trader’s licence in October 2012 has demonstrated that the reduction in trading hours has had a positive effect on reducing incidents related to public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder in the vicinity of the public house. This refusal should mean that we will continue to see improvements in the area.”

Mr Foot said: “It was an extremely interesting meeting. I look forward to proceeding with this matter at a later date.”