Councillor’s concern over nightclub’s plans

Local resident Stuart Lear who is concerned about applications for extended licensing hours and indoor sports activities on Eastbourne Pier. September 11th 2013 E37236P
Local resident Stuart Lear who is concerned about applications for extended licensing hours and indoor sports activities on Eastbourne Pier. September 11th 2013 E37236P
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A petition has been set up following plans to extend the opening hours at a nightclub in the town.

A new licence application has been put forward which includes a request for a 4am closing time for Atlantis on the pier.

Eastbourne Borough Councillor Steve Wallis says the plans have the potential to cause misery to both residents and businesses in the town centre and business owners fear if it is given the green light it will add to the anti-social behaviour they already suffer from in the area.

Cllr Wallis said, “I have written to the licensing team objecting to this proposal and in particular to the plans to extend the opening hours.

“Crime rates in Eastbourne are falling and we want to keep it that way.

“Currently 50 per cent of national street crimes and 70 per cent of A&E weekend admissions nationally are related to excessive alcohol drinking. I cannot see how extending the opening hours of this night clubs will help combat such problems.”

Now the Devonshire Ward councillor is starting a petition.

Kristian Hayter and Duncan Holderness, who run the Bay Tree Guest House in Elms Avenue, said, “Enough is enough! For far too long we residents have had to put up with noise, vandalism and general anti-social behaviour and this will only be made worse with any extension to the opening hours.

“We hope the Licensing Committee will take the concerns of local residents and businesses seriously and reject these proposals.”

Stuart Lear said he is concerned by the plans at Atlantis, adding, “I live near the pier and have had problems at times with fighting or drunken behaviour.”

The committee is due to discuss the application on October 22. The Herald contacted Eastbourne Pier but had not received a response at the time of going to press.