Too much has been done to let success go to waste

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There are plenty of people who will think that 2am is quite late enough for a good night to have been had by all.

Add in the problems we’ve seen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk in the past and you can understand why there’s been opposition to bars there being granted extensions to their licenses.

This particular area of our city has a troubled history.

Alcohol-fuelled violence has caused real problems, making some people reluctant to go there at night due to understandable fears they have about their own safety.

Let’s not forget that Guildhall Walk was named as one of the worst streets in the country for violent crimes – peaking in 2009/2010 with 474 reported incidents.

A lot of good work has gone on since then and we applaud the police and council for the tough stance that has been taken.

No-one wanted to see Portsmouth’s image tarnished in this way and a 2am cut-off on alcohol sales has been strictly adhered to.

That’s not to say that we don’t have some sympathy with those businesses who wished to apply for a 3am license.

They were clearly prepared to put what they thought were appropriate measures in place and felt that a later license was necessary to allow everyone to enjoy their night out for a little bit longer.

But, in reality, their argument did not hold water.

There are very good, very clear, reasons why the police and council have strived to keep all the bars there in line.

It’s in all of our interests that the trouble of the past doesn’t come back to haunt the Guildhall Walk of the future.

Of course, bars such as the newly-named Pure have a right to appeal when decisions don’t go their way.

But the bar under its previous name had been turned down a number of times already so it’s disappointing to see the same pattern may now be repeated.

Defending appeals costs the council – and therefore the ratepayers – money. There’s a time to accept that you’ve lost and, in this case, now is that time.