POLICE have withdrawn their opposition to a licence application for TV chef Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant.
Officers had raised concerns over the quality of CCTV to be installed at the new branch of Jamie’s Italian at Market Square, Gunwharf Quays – formerly sports shop Donnay.
Hampshire Constabulary’s objection was due to be discussed by licensing sub-committee members at Portsmouth City Council today.
But it was withdrawn at the 11th hour after police and lawyers for Jamie’s Italian reached an agreement on CCTV that will be provided.
PC Keith Hall from Portsmouth’s alcohol-related violent crime reduction and licensing team said: ‘Our concerns were about CCTV and that the definitions in the licence wouldn’t be up to a high enough standard to ensure police could identify potential offenders and review any offence that may be committed.
‘The opening times and times for sale of alcohol were not an issue for us.
‘We will use a variety of background checks on anybody or any business that is coming into the area [to set up a licensed premises].
‘Just because Jamie’s Italian has got a high profile name doesn’t mean they will be treated any differently.
‘The restaurant themselves were only too willing to help.’
The venue is applying for a licence to show films, and supply alcohol from 8am to midnight and refreshment indoors from 11pm to 12.30am daily.