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Consultation on Eastbourne Borough Council licensing and gambling policies

  • Latest update: This consultation closed on 20 September 2021. 

Eastbourne Borough Council is looking to amend two of its current licensing policies: the Statement of Licensing Policy, and the Gambling Statement of Principles. 

Statement of Licensing Policy

The Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”) requires Licensing Authorities to publish for a five-year period, a policy for their area which applies when exercising its functions under the Act. The current Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Policy Statement runs from 2019-2024 and is available to download below.

The Cumulative Impact Assessment must be kept under review to assess whether it is needed or requires amending. Businesses in Eastbourne have been affected by Covid-19 and generally, footfall has decreased. 

As a result, the Cumulative Impact may no longer apply, at least not at this time. For the Statement of Licensing Policy, specifically the council has decided to consult on the removal of the Cumulative Impact Assessment, and its potential replacement with a set of licensing principles.

The following principles are suggested to take the place of the Cumulative Impact Assessment. It is suggested these apply to all parts of the borough unless there are exceptional circumstances.   

Under the new principles, premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence will:

  • not be authorised to have an outside area open after 11pm
  • not be authorised for sale of alcohol for consumption ‘off the premises only’ after 11pm
  • not be authorised for late night refreshment after 1am hours (on or off premises)
  • not be authorised for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises or regulated entertainment after 2am

Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence that wish to:

  • sell alcohol for consumption on the premises between midnight and 2am, or
  • provide regulated entertainment on the premises between midnight and 2am
will be expected to provide, where appropriate the provision of CCTV and SIA door staff in their operating schedules.


Gambling Statement of Principles

The Gambling Act 2005 requires Licensing Authorities to prepare and publish a Statement of Gambling Principles for their area, covering a period of three year. The current Statement of Gambling Principles for Eastbourne Borough Council is being reviewed in readiness for re-adoption in January 2022. The council is currently considering an amendment to the procedure for obtaining a permit for three or more Gaming Machines in Alcohol Licensed Premises. 

Currently Premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on site are automatically permitted to have two Gaming Machines of Category C or D. To have three or more, an application must be made to Eastbourne Borough Council. 

The proposed change means an applicant would need to provide a plan of the premises showing the intended positions of the extra machines. This will assist the council when determining the application for the maximum supervision of the machines by the premises staff.