We're now in the CIA!

Photo:'Commotion' is not new in North Laine

'Commotion' is not new in North Laine

Drawing by David Sawyers, North Laine resident

It's the Cumulative Impact Area

Brighton & Hove City Council has now agreed to the creation of the country’s biggest cumulative impact area (CIA), which gives them more power to refuse new alcohol licences in places that have already reached saturation point

Backed by the police and others

The proposal was backed by police and health professionals in response to concerns about noise and antisocial behaviour and was agreed at a meeting of the full Council.

Licensing Committee chair Cllr Lizzie Deane said there was a need to strike a balance in the city and explained:

“There’s certainly no wish to be killjoys – we fully accept that people of all ages like to have a good time and appreciate that people like to have a drink."

She added: “However much fun it is for the clubbers and party goers, it’s no fun for those who have to put up with the shouting, screaming, swearing and other forms of abuse interrupting their sleep. They say and we say enough is enough.”

Widening of the CIA

The existing city centre CIA has now been widened to include North Laine and also Western Road in Hove.

The so-called Special Stress Areas (SSAs), which are closely monitored, will also be expanded, and will take in, among other areas, London Road and the area around Brighton railway station.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 214, January/February 2012, based on information in The Argus, 20 December 2011]

This page was added on 07/02/2012.

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