The licence restrictions

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THE owner of a seafront pub has been allowed to extend opening hours for drinking, dancing and music but not for as long as he wanted to.

Stephen Foot, landlord of the London Trader in East Beach Street in the Old Town, applied to the council so as to be able to sell alcohol until 12.15am, show indoor sporting events until 12.15am from Thursday to Sunday and extend the hours of recorded music to the same time, Monday to Sunday.

Councillors on the council’s licensing sub-committee decided however to grant the application in part at a meeting last Tuesday (October 16).

Mr Foot can only sell alcohol from 9am to 11.30pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 11.45pm from Thursday to Saturday and only until 11pm on Sunday.

He also wanted to extend opening hours until 12.45am from Thursday to Sunday but instead has to close at 12.15am on Thursday to Saturday and at 11.30pm on Sunday.

The council also imposed limits on times when recorded music can be played.

It said recorded music and noise from live music should to be barely audible at the boundary of the nearest house.

The London Trader also has to have all its doors and windows shut beyond 9pm, except the entrance, when recorded or live music is playing.

A number of conditions were imposed on the pub in October last year by the authority after a review of the premises licence.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating, district commander of Hastings, objected to the pub’s latest application.

Since April, there have been several incidents at the pub.

On July 11, a man was assaulted within the premises after being struck on the head. Police believe the actions of the suspect gave staff cause for concern prior to the attack.

On July 22 patrons were found to be blocking the pavement and road outside. On August 4, cordon barriers had been put in the wrong place obstructing the pavement.