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SOUND-PROOFING at a Southsea bar is to be inspected by council officials.

Bar 56, in Southsea, had applied to the council to be allowed to host bands and DJs from 6pm to 11.59pm from Mondays to Thursdays, 12pm to 12.45am on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 11pm on Sundays.

But some residents opposed the plans, saying they feared music would keep them awake at night.

The council has agreed to look at the soundproofing, and will decide on April 19.

Its owner, Stephanie Hunter, said: ‘We’ve changed our clientele from when the bar was Cafe Citrus, and we want to have acoustic music playing, and DJs some evenings. This would mainly be a weekend thing, but we think it will help bring in customers to enjoy the music and visit the bar. We have installed air conditioning, so the windows won’t be open, and soundproofing on the windows and doors.’

Ms Hunter took over the bar and renamed it. Its previous owner Kieran Wilson lost his licence due to repeated breaches.