By Rebecca Hele
Brighton and Hove Licensing Committee have granted a private members’ club in Hove, a licence to sell alcohol today (Monday 10th October).
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Pocket Rocket, of Church Road, Hove will be able to sell alcohol on the premises from 12 noon to 11pm daily.
Local residents lodged strong objections concerning the club’s name but the panel ruled that the club is not in the city’s ‘cumulative impact’ or ‘special stress’ areas.
The ‘innuendo- named’ club has raised concerns from residents who believed it was intended to turn into lap-dancing club, however, this has been strongly denied.
Councillor Lizzie Deane, Chair of the city’s Licensing Committee, said: “The panel listened carefully to all the representations put forward. We took into account that the operators agreed to a number of conditions requested by the police, including having a zero tolerance policy towards drugs, the installation of digital CCTV, making sure an incident book is kept, and putting in place staff training on age-restricted sales.
“We also imposed further conditions to make sure the rear doors are closed from 9am to 7pm, except for deliveries which should be made only within these hours and none on Sundays. From 7pm to 9am the doors are to be kept closed at all times, and only to be used as an emergency exit.”