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Neighbours’ fears as owners apply to reopen Portsmouth pub

The Tangier pub in Tangier Road Portsmouth.

The Tangier pub in Tangier Road Portsmouth.

THE owners of a trouble-hit Portsmouth pub that was shut down have applied to renew its alcohol licence.

The Tangier, in Tangier Road, Baffins, was shut by councillors earlier this year following a string of complaints.

In one of the incidents, a woman was allegedly attacked with a glass and repeatedly punched outside the pub.

Now Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, has sent an application asking the council’s licensing team to allow it to reopen.

The council has sent out letters to residents asking them what they think.

Lesley Wood, who lives near the pub on Tangier Road, said none of her neighbours supported the move and said the pub should be turned into flats instead.

‘We are not pleased,’ she said.

‘Enterprise Inns has been trying to make this pub a decent one for the past eight years and it hasn’t made it work yet, so what makes us think it will now?

‘It’s going to be exactly how it always was. The owners shouldn’t be given another chance.

‘It’s an appalling pub.’

As part of the application Enterprise Inns wants to hold late-night entertainment between 10pm and 11pm from Monday to Sunday and serve late night refreshments from 11pm and 12.30am between the same days.

‘The people here have already got a lovely pub in the form of The Baffins,’ Mrs Wood said.

‘The owners are lovely and the people respect them.

‘The Tangier should be turned into flats.

‘If it reopens all the problems will come back and so will the people who caused it all.’

Mrs Wood’s daughter Lucy, 24, said: ‘I certainly won’t be going there. It’s too loud.’

Lib Dem councillor Darron Phillips, who represents Baffins, said: ‘All three ward councillors for the area were happy that The Tangier shut because of the problems that were happening there.

‘If the right manager was put in place would it become a nice pub again? I’m not so sure.

‘Though I don’t want to put off any kind of business, a lot of the residents don’t want to see this pub continuing to trade.

‘We should be listening to the residents about what they want.

Cllr Phillips added he would prefer to see Grade II-listed pub, which was built in 1912, becoming a daytime shop instead.

Enterprise Inns was unavailable for comment.

To voice your thoughts email licensing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk before December 7.

 

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