Ben Ainslie Racing given approval for music events at The Camber racing base

The Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters at The Camber, Old Portsmouth''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151001-022)
The Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters at The Camber, Old Portsmouth''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151001-022)
View from the head of the dock, January 2013

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  • City council committee agreed to playing of music inside the base
  • Also gave permission for alcohol to be sold
  • More than 100 people objected to the application
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BEN Ainslie Racing has won permission to play music when it hosts events – despite objections from hundreds of residents.

Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee has given permission for the management of the new sailing headquarters at The Camber to play live and recorded music when it holds parties and corporate functions.

It’s not only our reputation as a company within the community but it’s also the reputation of all the sponsors who are supporting us. Anything we do reflects upon us and reflects upon them

Amanda Ribbins, BAR

It means music can be played from 8am until midnight seven days a week.

Alcohol can also be sold every day from 11am until midnight.

But BAR did withdraw part of the original application to play music outside on the ‘apron’ area of the building.

Keith Perry was representing residents living in Oyster Mews.

He said: ‘The group I represent are fully supportive of BAR and everything they are trying to do, but our primary concern relates to public disturbance and nuisance.

‘The amazing thing about this application is that nobody has any idea of the potential noise levels that will result from it.

‘Not only do we need to be able to sleep undisturbed, we need to be able to enjoy the daytime in our gardens undisturbed.’

The council received 120 letters of objection, although 14 were withdrawn following the amendment.

Councillor Rob Wood, from St Thomas ward, was representing residents.

He said: ‘We want to make sure this is the strictest licence that could be applied.

‘People live in there and enjoy the quiet background.

‘They have got this big building that is going to be at the centre of the universe.’

BAR events manager Amanda Ribbins made it clear to the committee that the team wants to have a good relationship with residents.

‘We can’t do anything about the building being there and about the noise people have had to put up with,’ she said.

‘But what we can do going forward is not to cause any future distress that will disturb residents and just generally be good neighbours.

‘It’s not only our reputation as a company within the community but it’s the reputation of all the sponsors who are supporting us.

‘Anything we do reflects upon us and them.’

The committee gave permission with a condition that people must not be outside or on the balcony after 11pm.

Permission was also given for the premises to be open to the public from 8am until 12.30am.