Template letter objecting to alcohol license

The more objections from residents, the more likely the bid is to be turned down – and alcohol off-sales are key to the store being ‘viable’ – so do please object by sending a similar email (containing the reference number in the subject field) to: ehl.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Dear Sirs,

Sainsbury’s, 13-15 Old Steine Brighton BN1 1EJ 1445/3/2011/00192/LAPREN

I am writing to register my objection to the application for a premises licence by J Sainsbury plc for 13-15 Old Steine Brighton BN1 1EJ , Brighton. The basis for this opposition is that granting a licence for these premises will not promote the licensing objectives, particularly the prevention of crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour.

13-15 Old Steine lies within the Council’s Cumulative Impact Area, and enabling the premises to sell alcohol would be totally detrimental to its aims and objectives. The application proposes that alcohol will be sold for consumption off the premises between 9:00am and 7.00pm, seven days a week. Granting a licence would provide a further source of alcohol within an area already so heavily populated with licensed premises that crime, disorder and public nuisance have already reached problem levels for the local police.

Residents in this area already suffer noise nuisance and antisocial behaviour at all hours of the day and night. They have endured this inconvenience since 2003 when the licensing legislation was first amended, and it is totally unacceptable to expect them to continue to do so.

I would also urge the Committee to consider the findings of the Health Impact Assessment, in which evidence of the negative effects of the flexible licensing hours was put forward by local residents, the document presented to the Licensing Strategy Group by the North Laine Community Association, and the draft Statement of Licensing Policy, September 2010.

In view of the above, I would urge the Licensing Authority to refuse the application.

Yours faithfully,


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