Brighton Christmas Market seeks license to sell alcohol

A CHRISTMAS MARKET plans to return in November and December and has applied for a license to sell alcoholic beverages.

However, a neighbor has objected to the request, prompting a panel of councilors to be asked to decide whether to resume selling drinks during the five weeks of trading.

A Brighton and Hove City Council approval panel is due to meet on Friday to hear from the organizer of the Brighton Christmas market, E3 Events, and the unnamed objector.

The market is scheduled to begin on Friday, November 18 in the city’s Valley Gardens and end on Wednesday, December 21

If a license is granted it would cover alcohol sales on and off site at all food and drink stalls and a dedicated bar from 10am to 11pm each day.

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The anonymous objector, whose details have been redacted by the council, does not want the public space to be used for the event, saying it would cause a public nuisance.

They said: “It interferes with the public’s ability to continue their normal movement, is devastating to the country and is a persistent noisy presence with the potential for indecent behavior in public spaces due to alcohol consumption.

“I find it reprehensible that for most of the year my local green space is limited to myself and other local residents who take advantage of private companies selling alcohol over the health and well-being of their residents.”

E3 said the Christmas market is “free to enter” with the exception of the Apres Ski Bar, a public bar with alcohol sales and live entertainment.

Conditions for the short-term license are that licensed security personnel manage access to the après-ski bar.

Vendors operating from chalet-style stalls in the main market area sold a limited range of alcoholic beverages, limited to mulled wine and fortified hot drinks, but not served by the glass.

Any alcohol sold in bottles, either as gifts or for consumption at home, is expected to remain unopened.

E3 Events is expected to conduct an informed assessment and produce a noise management plan following complaints over the past year. Brighton Christmas Market seeks license to sell alcohol

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