Bid launched to get troubled Portsmouth pub’s licence reinstated

The Compass Rose pub at Anchorage Park
The Compass Rose pub at Anchorage Park
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AN ALCOHOL licence could be reissued at a troubled pub that was shut down after a drunken brawl.

Enterprise Inns has applied to sell booze again at the Compass Rose in Anchorage Park, Portsmouth.

The venue was stripped of its privilege to serve booze after 40 customers had a fight outside in the early hours of Sunday, April 6, after an 18th birthday party.

Ian Campbell, manager at the time, has since been evicted and the pub is shut while a new tenant and licence is sought.

Hampshire Constabulary admitted it had concerns about Mr Campbell’s attitude.

Lib Dem councillor Les Stevens, of the council’s licensing committee, said he wouldn’t see a reason to turn it down if the right manager was hired.

‘I don’t think there would be a problem if new management was put in place and the pub was managed properly,’ he said.

‘One of the reasons why it was getting disappointing there was because the previous manager wasn’t making a proper go of it. Too many pubs are closing. It’s a good-sized pub and it’s got a lot of potential.’

As reported, CCTV images shown to the licensing committee revealed alcohol was still being served in the moments leading up to the fight at 1.15am, even though it had a licence until midnight.

The brawl resulted in an unconscious man being dragged in and kicked on the dancefloor.

Meanwhile, Cllr Rob New, who represents the area for the Conservatives, said he wants to see community wardens patrol near the pub should a licence be granted.

‘Whoever takes it on will have a difficult time changing the reputation and have a hard job,’ he said.

‘Anchorage Park is a nice place and it’s the only pub in that vicinity. Residents have written to me in the past about anti-social behaviour.’

The licensing team will consider the application at a later date.

An Enterprise Inns spokesman said: ‘We are in the process of applying for a new premises licence and are looking for the right candidate to take the Compass Rose forward.’

‘Applications from suitably experienced members of the community are welcomed and anyone interested in this fantastic opportunity should contact our recruitment team on 0800 952 0072.’