Changes to East Hoathly pub licence sought

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THE licensee of a village pub has applied to Wealden District Council to change the conditions under which the business must operate. Donna Dinan, landlady of The Foresters’ Arms, a Harvey’s pub in East Hoathly, wants the council to agree that she can remove the licence’s embedded conditions relating to live entertainment which would include taking out a noise limiter and the need for decibel levels to be overseen by the authority. In mitigation she says she would offer live entertainment just three times a calendar month and will place speakers on the pub carpet.

At present the pub can sell alcohol between 10am-11pm weekdays and 10am-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Late night refreshment is offered from 11pm until midnight and live music and dance can take place from Thursday to SAturday from 7.30pm until midnight.

The application comes before Wealden’s licensing committee on Wednesday, August 1.

Wealden’s head of public health is concerned about the application, saying the pub is just 15 metres from the nearest residential property and ‘some noise breakout will occur due to the limited size and fabric of the premises.’ Some villagers have objected.