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Council launches consultation on licensing in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Borough Council is inviting people to help shape local policy on the licensing of pubs, bars, off licences, nightclubs and late-night food outlets.

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The local authority has launched a public consultation on its draft licensing policy for 2024 to 2029 and would like to hear from residents, businesses, partner organisations and other stakeholders.

This policy sets out the framework for making local decisions under the Licensing Act 2003, which covers licensing of alcohol supply and sales, entertainment and late-night refreshment (hot food served between 11pm and 5am). This includes issuing premises licences, personal licences and club premises certificates.

Councillor Amanda Morris, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: "It is nearly five years since our last licensing consultation, so I am pleased to give people an opportunity to provide their views again on this important subject.

"We are taking into consideration how we can best protect residents' interests, prevent public nuisance, combat crime and disorder while at the same time, helping our licensed premises to operate safely and supporting the town's thriving night-time economy."

A review of the current policy has included revised national guidance issued by the Home Office covering issues such as entitlement to work in the UK, temporary event notices, planning and building control, counter terrorism and public safety.

The consultation runs until Monday, March 4. To take part, visit

To request a hard copy of the consultation information and survey, or if you need it in a different language, please email

Published on January 24, 2024.

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