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News - 9 February 2008

Does Brighton already have enough drinking venues?

Councillors have concerns that there are already too many pubs and clubs catering for vertical drinkers in Brighton. New measures to deal with these concerns will be considered at a meeting on February 14.

A proposal to introduce a Cumulative Impact Area (CIA) in the city centre will be considered by members of Brighton & Hove City Council’s licensing committee.

The proposed CIA stretches from Preston Street to Upper Rock Gardens, extending south to the beach and north to the north side of Western Road, Church Street and Edward Street.

Creating a CIA would enable councillors to take into account the impact of other licensed premises in the area when considering an application for a new licence – and new licences would not be issued unless there were special grounds for doing so.

In addition, a report to the licensing committee proposes two new Special Stress Areas, adjoining the CIA.

If the idea gets the go-ahead, the council will be the first in the country to introduce these stress zones. These Special Stress Areas, as proposed, will be closely monitored to see if the CIA needs expanding and within them the council will look to impose robust measures to counter public disorder and nuisance to protect residents

The Special Stress Areas are west of the CIA, from Holland Road to Spring Street and from north of Western Road to the beach; and north of the CIA from Queens Road in the west to Grand Parade in the East and from Trafalgar Street in the north to Church Street in the south.

The proposals follow consultation with residents, police, members of the licensing trader and other interested parties.

Originally the police requested a larger CIA – the proposed CIA and the two Special Stress Areas now cover the area put forward by the police.

Councillor Dee Simson, chairman of the council’s Licensing Committee said: “We have carefully considered views from all sides and we feel this proposal is the best way forward. We want to balance the interests of all concerned including residents, licensees and the police.

“A Cumulative Impact Area will give us greater powers to control the number of licensed premises in the city centre and the proposed Special Stress Areas are a way of highlighting neighbouring areas which we will be keeping under close review. We will be paying particular attention to reducing disorder and nuisance in these areas and, if necessary, we can look at extending the CIA to cover these areas.”

The Licensing Committee takes place at Hove Town Hall on February 14 at 3pm.

Click here to download Proposed CIA Boundaries

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