- 18 August 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
West Sussex based within-the-hour grocery delivery firm Getir has been awarded an alcohol sales license by Brighton and Hove City Council but cannot operate 24 hours a day.
Council policy only allows off-license sales in the centre of the city and not outside the area after 23:00.
In the licensing hearing last week, Getir’s licensing consultant Chris Nixon said the policy is designed for shops where people went in in-person as opposed to those enjoying a drink at home. The hours restriction would amount to prohibition laws.
In its decision letter the council said that it recognised Sussex Police and licensing officials’ concerns regarding late night deliveries. In particular these were over drink-related crime and disorder.
They noted Getir’s comments that their sales usually peaked between 17:00-21:00 and tailed off during the evening.
They said: “The panel acknowledges the suite of conditions put forward by the applicant but share the concerns of the police and the licensing authority in relation to late-night deliveries of alcohol to challenging areas which have high numbers of visitors and could be described as tourist and party destinations.
“The panel has concerns that another outlet offering fast alcohol delivery late at night to these areas is likely to add to the problems of antisocial behaviour and crime and disorder already experienced in these areas.”