Pub’s bid to extend its opening hours

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AN Old Town pub has applied for a licence to extend its hours for selling alcohol, playing recorded music and screening indoor sporting events.

Stephen Foot, landlord of the London Trader in East Beach Street, is asking Hastings Borough Council to be allowed to do this from Sunday to Wednesday, 9am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 2.30am.

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

But police object to the application, fearing that the proposals by the pub will not be enough to deter anti-social behaviour and crime.

In a letter to Bob Brown, the council’s licensing manager, Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander, said: “The proposal to provide adequate door security half an hour before and half an hour after any event does not take into account the extended hours requested particularly on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, where there is a potential for crime and disorder to occur.”

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

An appeal was issued by the pub via the magistrates court in April last year but it was dismissed, the bench ruling the members of the licensing sub-committee had come to a correct decision.

Last October Mr Foot 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.

In his application Mr Foot said the London Trader had installed a new sound system to reduce noise pollution and that all doors and windows, except the entrance and exit will be shut from 9pm.

Councillors on the council’s licensing sub-committee will be discussing the pub’s application on Tuesday, October 22.