Popular Brighton bar Northern Lights faces having its licence restricted after police made a series of complaints about the way it is operating.
The issue will be aired in full at a meeting of Brighton and City Council’s licensing committee at Brighton Town Hall next Tuesday.
In a report to the committee, Brighton police say they have observed breaches of the Little East Street bar’s licence on a number of occasions.
The bar’s licence states it should be run as a food-led venue, but police contend it is operating more as a “vertical drinking” establishment, with people standing drinking in large numbers.
It also says customers frequently stand outside the bar, which is also in breach of its licence.
Ms Talvensaari strongly denies this, saying that the police report is riddled with inaccuracies.
It also points out that it has only called police twice in seven years, with trouble caused by dining customers on both occasions.
And it points out that its CCTV coverage, which is criticised for only having a 28-day archive not 31-day, is more reliable than the Town Hall’s, and has been used by police investigating crimes nearby more than once.
Last year, Northern Lights launched a successful campaign against the council’s plans for weekday pedestrianisation of East Street, which would have seen heavy traffic routed past its front door.
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