Hayling Island cafe Isla Bay makes a bid to sell alcohol prompting fears over noise and disturbances

A cafe in Hayling Island wants to be able to sell alcohol which will see it extend its opening hours – but there are fears over noise, smells and other disturbances.
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For the last seven months, The Isla Bay cafe at 6 Rails Lane has been opening from 8am to 4pm each day and has been run by Emrah Tashan.Havant Borough Council’s planning sub-committee last week heard that Mr Tashan, from Southampton, wanted to be able to serve alcohol with his food so customers could enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Mr Tashan said: “We are a restaurant, we are planning to sell alcohol with a meal. We don’t want anyone to just come and sit and have alcohol because if anybody wants to, we’ve got Bar 18 next to ours.”

He has asked the council for permission to serve alcohol from 10am to 11pm which had previously been miscommunicated as 8am to 11pm which garnered a rush of objections. The Isla Bay has the capacity to serve 60 covers and can open from 6am to 11pm each day but has only been doing so until 4pm.

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Stuart Wakley, who has owned the two flats above the cafe for the last 20 years, was there to object in person at the hearing. His objections include concerns over noise, smells and the cafe’s extended opening hours. He also said there was inconsiderate parking by delivery drivers and parking in general. He said: “I’m not against anyone making a living. I just have an issue with time and serving alcohol until 11pm. By the time they clear up, it will be 12.30am in the morning.”

The cafe in Hayling IslandThe cafe in Hayling Island
The cafe in Hayling Island

There were several other objections, including one from Terry Branwhite, of the neighbouring business Bar 18. But there were no objections from the police, environmental health or any other consultee on the application. Mr Tashan reassured the panel that he only wanted to serve alcohol with food and last food orders would probably be at 9pm reflecting what the ‘public’ wanted. He would be happy if the panel considered a 10am to 10pm alcohol licence instead. The Havant Borough licensing sub-committee will make a decision on HBC/092/2024 in the coming days.