Police chief opposes pub bid

THE COMMANDER of Hastings Police is urging the borough council not to allow a town centre pub to alter its licensing arrangements.

The landlord of the General Havelock in Havelock Road, Jamie Butler, has applied to extend its serving hours and play music to 2.30am on Saturdays.

Mr Butler also wants to remove the existing condition of having an over 21 policy on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays and reduced the number of hours that its door staff are working.

The application asks to have one member of door staff employed from 10pm and two staff from 11pm until closing. There is currently one member of door staff from 9pm and two staff after 10pm.

But chief inspector Paul Phelps has written to the Sub-Licensing committee stating he fears the application would give rise to ‘potential negative cumulative impact via an increase in public nuisance and crime and disorder’.

The committee will meet at the Jackson Hall in Portland Place at 1pm on Tuesday (May 20) to decide on the application. It can grant the application in full or with relevant conditions, grant in part or refuse it completely.

Chief inspector Phelps states: “The applicant has failed to contact Sussex Police to discuss the variation which, given its location within the Cumulative Impact Zone, is both surprising and disappointing. The concentration of licensed premises within a small area of the town causes problems of crime and disorder and public nuisance.” The pub reopened in 2012 under new management after major refurbishment.