Opposition to Port Solent coffee shop’s alcohol licence

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RESIDENTS of Port Solent have written to protest against an alcohol licence being granted to a coffee shop.

La Cuisine, which also sells cookware items at its store on The Boardwalk, has applied to Portsmouth City Council to sell alcohol from 11.30am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday, and from 11.30am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday.

Councillors were due to decide whether to grant the licence at a meeting today.

The application, made by La Cuisine co-owner Lorna Leadbetter-Caddoo, has received 17 objection letters.

Concerns were raised about increased noise, lack of privacy and that drunk people may fall into the marina.

Margaret Duggan, of Oyster Quay, wrote: ‘When I bought my apartment some 20 years ago, I was assured that the area of the Boardwalk opposite Oyster Quay would not be leased as eating and drinking establishments.

‘Unfortunately the kitchenware shop has already turned into a coffee shop selling breakfast and lunch and is open until evening time with people sitting outside and I have lost my privacy on my terrace.’

There were, however, three letters of support for the licence – all from customers who do not live in Port Solent.

Jill Trowell from Peacehaven wrote: ‘The current owners have put a lot of effort in to ensure the continued success of their business and the application to sell alcohol is one more avenue to make sure this success carries on.’