DOZENS of letters have been lodged in opposition to a Southsea bar’s application to extend its opening hours.
Cocktail bar Three, in Palmerston Road, has applied to Portsmouth City Council to extend its licence to serve alcohol and play music until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.
The application will go before the council’s licensing sub-committee at 9.30am on Thursday.
The bar’s current licence allows alcohol to be served and recorded music to be played until midnight from Monday to Saturday.
Cllr Michael Andrewes, who represents St Judes Ward, said: ‘People are concerned about the noise in general from Palmerston Road South.
‘I think that midnight or 1am is more than adequate as it takes people time to disperse.
‘We have to take care that it is a residential area and have some respect for residents.’
Michael Bilton, of Auckland Road West, Southsea, wrote to the council to oppose the application, saying: ‘People living close by, including myself, often have to sleep with their windows shut on hot summer nights because the noise is so bad.
‘This is intolerable because of constant interrupted sleep.
‘It is also a breach of our right to have a private and family life, as guaranteed by Section 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’
Another letter in opposition, from Beatrice Corbett-Harbeck of Ashby Place, Southsea, said: ‘I am already thinking of getting environment health involved due to being woken in the middle of the night with loud, drunk often aggressive people.’
She added: ‘The street I live on is often used as a public toilet late at night, and tampons and condoms lying on the street.’
The bar’s owner, Sophy Rosaman, said in the application that the venue had a CCTV system and two door staff on duty on Friday and Saturday nights.
It read: ‘We operate a random-search policy and conduct regular toilet checks.
‘We keep a refusals log to document all refusals of entry and service.
‘We make every effort to contain noise from the bar by ensuring doors are closed, asking our patrons to leave quietly and ensuring the dispersal of patrons upon closing.’
Ms Rosaman was unavailable to comment on the application yesterday.