Decision to grant Southsea hotel licence is criticised

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A COUNCIL leader has criticised the decision to grant the Portland Hotel an alcohol licence, paving the way for it to become a late-night bistro.

Igloo (Southsea) Ltd has been given permission to serve alcohol at the Southsea venue between 10am to 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

As reported, objections were raised, but the committee said it needed proof that opening the venue up as a bistro would have a detrimental impact on the community. Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said she has serious concerns about the impact it would have on what is a residential area.

‘I am outraged that it went forward,’ she said.

‘We trust the committee in these circumstances to do the right thing.’

Cllr Jones is urging residents once the site is open to get in touch with her if there are issues so she can lobby the licensing team to carry out a review. In the long run the company hopes to transform the building into a boutique hotel.