Southsea landlords say police are happy with pubs on Albert Road

Stuart Ainsworth at The Leopold
Stuart Ainsworth at The Leopold

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POLICE have few concerns about life in Albert Road, according to the deputy chair of the street’s pubwatch.

Stuart Ainsworth, also landlord of The Leopold Tavern, says Hampshire Constabulary are content things are being run smoothly.

And he says recent pub watch meetings are only lasting ‘20 minutes’ because there are not many heated topics about.

He said: ‘The police are very happy with the way people are running their businesses in Albert Road.

‘No-one has any issues.

‘That is partly because a lot of people run their own pub and take pride in it.

‘There aren’t a lot of big chain corporations.

‘We all care about our businesses.

‘We have got beggars, but that’s not a pub problem.

‘That’s a city-wide problem.

‘There are no pubs saying we have got an issue.

‘I don’t think things have ever been as bad as people have made out in Albert Road.’

Earlier this year, Stuart ran the first ever ‘Southsea Beerex’ at the Wedgewood Rooms after getting the backing of Geoff Priestley, the venue’s manager.

Stuart supplied all of the beer, which he ordered from breweries locally as well as from further afield.

And he plans to hold the event again next year, with a view to it becoming a permanent annual fixture.

He said: ‘It exceeded expectations and the feedback we received was all positive.

‘People were surprised at how the Wedgewood Rooms was transformed.

‘We all said it was real music meeting real ales.’