College’s drinks licence request on the agenda

Eddie Izzard giving a performance at Bexhill Sixth Form College in July 2014 SUS-140716-155345001
Eddie Izzard giving a performance at Bexhill Sixth Form College in July 2014 SUS-140716-155345001

Councillors are set to decide whether Bexhill College is given a licence to serve alcohol at its theatre.

Next Tuesday (April 14) Rother District Council’s General Licensing Panel will discuss the college’s application for a premises licence in order to supply alcohol (on the premises only) from Monday to Sunday 12-11pm at the Izzard Theatre.

If the application is agreed the will be able to serve drinks to accompany licensable activities.

These activities include: “plays; films; indoor sporting events; boxing or wrestling entertainment; live music and performance of dance”

Last month the Observer reported a neighbour’s concerns about the proposal and ahead of the meeting a report has been drawn up for members of the licensing panel.

The council has received three representations from neighbours in the vicinity and one representation from one of the district ward councillors.

The report states: “The representations received relate to a possible increase in anti-social behaviour from persons visiting the premises; daytime hours when supply of alcohol will be authorised; underage drinking; noise pollution and litter.

“The representations also refer to parking issues but this is not a relevant consideration when determining a premises licence application.”

Following these representations the college has amended the application by cutting back on requested opening hours and where the alcohol is served.

The report notes: “The original application requested the supply of alcohol between 9-11pm but the hours were amended to 12-11pm.

 “The original application included an outdoor area for licensable activities (apart from supply of alcohol) but this was withdrawn.”

This is the first application for a premises licence. Bexhill College has used Temporary Event Notices to cover licensable activities in the theatre. There have been ten notices issued since January 2013 without incident related to Licensing.

The report also suggests a number of conditions which councillors could attach to any potential licence.

This includes: “Prominent, clear and legible notices shall be displayed at all exits requesting the public to respect the needs of local residents and to leave the premises and the area quietly.”

The General Licensing Panel is due to meet at 10am at the Town Hall to discuss the applcation.