Residents fear cafe alcohol plan

Sam Sharp store and cafe E02052N
Sam Sharp store and cafe E02052N

A ROW is brewing over a town centre cafe’s plans to sell alcohol.

The Sam Sharp Cafe in Cornfield Terrace has applied to Eastbourne Borough Council’s licensing team for a premises licence to be able to serve alcohol as a cafe bar by waiter service only to people seated at tables.

But because of a catalogue of concerns and objections from neighbours living nearby, the matter will be decided by a meeting of the council’s licensing committee on Wednesday night at Eastbourne Town Hall.

The owners of the cafe want to serve alcohol from 10am to midnight seven days a week and five letters of support have been sent in to the council.

But residents in Blackwater Road, Devonshire Place, Wish Road and Chiswick Place have voiced their concerns at potential problems with noise and alcohol fuelled disturbances.

They are also worried about parking problems in the area.

A mediation meeting has already been held between some of the worried residents and cafe owner Richard Sharp, but that failed to reach any agreement.

Mr Sharp has now agreed to an earlier closing time of 10.30pm with the external seating area closed at 9pm and the whole premises being shut by 11pm.

The committee will make a decision on whether to grant the licence at Wednesday’s meeting which starts at 6pm.