Wetherspoon’s licensing hours to be decided

6/1/15- Site of the new Wetherspoons in Western Road, Bexhill. SUS-150601-125144001
6/1/15- Site of the new Wetherspoons in Western Road, Bexhill. SUS-150601-125144001
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Councillors will decide next week whether to grant a licence to allow a chain pub to serve alcohol until the early hours of the morning.

J D Wetherspoon has applied for a licence to allow it to sell alcohol in its new Bexhill pub from 9am until midnight Sunday to Wednesday and up to 1am Thursday to Saturday.

The company has applied to extend this by an additional hour on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Sundays preceding Bank Holiday Mondays and New Year’s Eve.

If the licence is granted, the pub’s opening hours will be 7am-12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and 7am-1.30am Thursday to Saturday - plus an extra hour for the above dates.

Rother District Council’s Licensing Panel, which will make a decision on the application, has received just one representation from a resident who is also involved in the commercial operation of another licensed premises within the area.

The representation relates to opening hours, noise, nuisance and alcohol related disorder.

The local authority has received no representations from Sussex Police.

Wetherspoon was granted planning permission back in May to move into the old Redstack Playhouse in Western Road, plus the three neighbouring shop units.

The application included a roof top beer garden.

The old cinema building had lain empty since 2008.

A group of people had hoped to restore the vacant building to its former glory.

But others praised Wetherspoon’s application, saying it will revitalise the area.

The decision will be made by the Rother District Council Licensing Panel on September 18.

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall, starting at 10.30am.

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