Maidens Head applies to extend licensing hours

The Maidens Head, Uckfield, is applying for permission to extend its licensing hours for entertainment and the sale of alcohol until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.

It also wants to provide late night refreshment each Friday and Saturday until 2.30am.

Currently the pub is allowed to sell alcohol until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and provide entertainment until 1am.

Late night refreshments are allowed for up to 30 minutes after the authorised hours for alcohol and there are no specified hours for the opening of the premises.

Wealden District Council’s licensing committee is due to consider the application for the variation of the premises licence tomorrow (Friday, February 27).

The applicant has proposed that an additional door supervisor be provided after 1am to ensure patrons are encouraged to leave the premises quickly and quietly.

Thirty-six residents have objected to the application via a local action team and individual representations have been received from five residents in the vicinity.

The action team says: “We object most strongly to the application to extend the hours to 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, which in practise would mean many drinkers would not leave until 2.30am.

“This will undoubtedly exacerbate the existing problem. The additional drinking time would inevitably mean customers drinking for an hour longer, leading to the real risk of even more serious intoxication.

“Some members are already often woken up by shouting, arguments, swearing and foul language when customers leave the premises …

“The disturbances in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings cut across the right of residents to enjoy peaceful night hours and indeed are bringing Uckfield into disrepute.”

Sussex Police have asked for a condition regarding the number of door supervisors and the times they should be present.

A report to the licensing committee says members have two options, either to modify the conditions of the licence for the Maidens Head, or to reject the application, in whole or in part.

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