Alcohol application for Southsea venue is changed after concerns

LATE LICENCE Drift bar in Palmerston Road
LATE LICENCE Drift bar in Palmerston Road

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RESIDENTS are toasting victory after a bar changed its mind over applying for a later licence.

Drift Bar, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, can now sell alcohol from 8am till 2.30am on weekends and 8am till 1.30am during the week.

The bar had originally applied to extend the hours from 8am till 4am on a weekend, an extra four and half hours to the licence it had previously.

But, after seeking advice from the police, Portsmouth City Council and residents, the bar withdrew its application and changed it so the extended hours would only be in the morning.

Linda Symes, of Clifton Road, Southsea, said: ‘It is a victory for residents. If I had to pick between having alcohol sold at 8am or till 4am I would definitely pick the first.

‘No one is going to be disturbed at 8am in the morning whereas people drinking till four have to walk through residential streets and where it is so quiet, you can hear it more.

‘I never thought it would be rejected because other premises in the area open that early.

‘With the pedestrianisation of Palmerston Road, we have to accept that these things will happen.’

But not everyone in the area is happy.

Vincent Faithfull, a business owner and resident in Southsea, said that neither application should have been accepted.

He said: ‘The council should have rejected both plans because having alcohol sold at 8am is ridiculous.

‘People will go there in the morning, drink through breakfast and lunch and become a disturbance.’

But Steve Hudson, a director of Drift Bar, said they have taken residents into consideration.

He said: ‘We spoke to the police and residents and I understand that residents don’t want to be disturbed so we have taken that into consideration.’

‘We would like to have the opportunity to sell alcohol for special occasions like Goodwood and Champagne breakfasts.’