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Consultation on the future of Eastbourne's Cumulative Impact Assessment

This consultation will run from Wednesday 20 October to Monday 6 December 2021 at 5pm.


Background

The Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”) requires Licensing Authorities to prepare and 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. 

Part 8 and appendices 2 and 3 of this policy refer to the Cumulative Impact Assessment. The full policy is available to download below, with all parts of the current policy that make reference to the Cumulative Impact Assessment highlighted.

Options we are consulting on 

Eastbourne businesses have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and generally, footfall has been dramatically reduced. Therefore, the rationale behind the introduction of a Cumulative Impact may no longer apply or at least not at this time.

The Cumulative Impact Assessment must be kept under review to assess whether its needed or requires amending.

In view of this, The Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Committee has decided to consult on the following options:

  • A) Keep the current Cumulative Impact Assessment.
  • B) Change the area covered by the current Cumulative Impact Assessment (map of zone is included as part of the current policy in Appendix 1).
  • C) Remove the whole Cumulative Impact Assessment part of the policy at this time with an option to reintroduce if it becomes necessary.
  • D) Remove the current Cumulative Impact Assessment part of the policy but replace with a set of principles (see below) that the Licensing Authority would expect to be considered on all new or variation applications.

The following principles are offered as an alternative to the Cumulative Impact Assessment, as per option D. It is suggested these apply to all parts of the borough and for clarification, the principles will apply unless there are exceptional circumstances:   

  1. Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence will not be authorised to have an outside area open after 11pm.
  2. Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence will not be authorised for sale of alcohol for consumption ‘off the premises only’ after 11pm.
  3. Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence will not be authorised for late night refreshment after 1am (on or off premises) save in exceptional circumstances.
  4. Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence will not be authorised for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises or regulated entertainment after 2am.
  5. 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 will be expected to provide where appropriate the provision of CCTV and SIA door staff in their Operating Schedules.
  6. Premises applying for a new licence or variation to their existing licence that wish to provide regulated entertainment on the premises between midnight and 2am hours will be expected to provide where appropriate the provision of CCTV, SIA door staff and a Noise Management Policy in their Operating Schedules.

Please note that the only part of the Licensing Policy being reviewed is that relating to the Cumulative Impact Assessment. 

How to respond

Please take this online survey to share your views with the council:

Take the survey

To request the survey in a different language or format, such as hard copy, please email CustomerFirst@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

What happens next? 

The closing date for responses is Monday 6 December at 5pm. A report including a summary of responses will be taken to the Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Committee on Monday 17 January 2022 then the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 23 February 2022.