Brighton Christmas Market Drinks License Approved

THE Council has granted a drinks license for the Brighton Christmas Market to run for five weeks from mid-November with a different location.

Hove-based market organizer E3 Events are planning to incorporate two bars into the market, which will run from St Peter’s Church to the top of Valley Gardens, Brighton.

Stallholders can sell sealed bottles of drinks at the market, which opens Friday 18th November and runs through Christmas Eve on Saturday 24th December.

The decision was taken following a hearing by the Brighton and Hove City Council Approval Panel on Friday 12 August.

The three-member council heard a neighbor’s appeal about noise and public nuisance following complaints last year.

There were no objections from Sussex Police and the council’s licensing team after E3 Events agreed extensive terms. The agreement followed a “debriefing” after last year’s market – and extensive consultations ahead of this year’s bid.

The organiser, David Hill, chief executive of E3 Events, said lessons were learned about noise and drink sales at last year’s inaugural Christmas market.

He said a specialist German Christmas market company had been hired to help supply hut stands for mainly hard surfaces this year.

Mr Hill said the land in Victoria Gardens was not suitable for a winter event – and some councilors and local residents complained that the site looked like a mud bath last year.

Any damaged grassy areas would be revegetated, he said, adding that measures would be considered to ensure sealed alcohol bottles were not consumed at the market.

Grocery bags could also be sealed after shopping and there could even be a grocery pick-up service so customers can collect their purchases when leaving the area.

The panel said in its decision letter: “We have carefully considered this time-limited application. It’s a heavily scaled down version of last year’s event, organized by the same promoter, which didn’t have any drunk issues.

“Noise issues were addressed promptly and this year robust arrangements are in place to manage the noise.

“There will also be other robust policies on alcohol and drugs. We are very satisfied with the commitment of the local residents.

“While we acknowledge the complainant’s concerns about noise and public nuisance, we believe that a combination of the measures outlined above should ensure that there are no adverse cumulative effects.”

The carnival isn’t scheduled to return this year, although the Ferris wheel should be back. And following feedback on last year’s fencing, only the bar areas will be fenced off this time. Brighton Christmas Market Drinks License Approved

Fry Electronics Team

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