More people than ever want to settle in a coastal district as a record number of license applications have been received in the region this year.
Worthing Borough Council’s licensing team said it was as busy as ever, with more “new and existing” businesses applying for permits to provide entertainment, sell alcohol, food or refreshments and provide taxi and private hire services.
In 2019, the last full year before the pandemic, the Council’s Licensing Department processed 40 major license applications in Worthing.
These are motions that require public notice and consultation, as well as a hearing, if there are objections to a new bar, restaurant, diner, shop or nightclub that could potentially cause disruption in a neighborhood.
So far in 2022, the team has processed 60 major applications and expects to receive more by the end of the year.
Council officials suspect the increase in applications is not just due to a rollover caused by the pandemic, but also as more people seek to make changes in their jobs and lifestyles in the wake of the national lockdowns.
The new concession committee chair, Councilwoman Sally Smith, said: “It’s fantastic to see more people looking to start franchise businesses in the borough and contribute to the city’s growing night economy.
“Our role as the licensing committee is to ensure that we balance applications for licenses with the needs of the community and neighbors around the proposed site.
“I look forward to working with the committee to bring a larger and more diverse evening offering to Worthing.”
The committee has to orient itself to the legal requirements of the Concession Act. These include preventing crime and civil unrest, ensuring public safety, preventing public nuisance and protecting children from potential harm.
Sharon Clarke, from the Worthing Town Center Initiative, said: “It’s great to see a wealth of new shops opening in Worthing recently, many of which complement the lively nighttime offering.
“With all the uncertainty in the economy, it’s a scary time to invest right now so it’s really positive for the city that so many entrepreneurs are choosing Worthing. The city has great offerings both day and night and will continue to develop by supporting local businesses.”
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