Southsea bar wins licence to host live music events

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A SOUTHSEA bar has been given permission to host live music, despite complaints from neighbours.

Bar 56, in Albert Road, has been given a licence allowing it to have live musicians and DJs playing from 6pm to 11.59pm from Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 12.45am on Fridays and Saturdays and 12pm to 11pm on Sundays.

Its owner, Stephanie Hunter, applied for the permission from Portsmouth City Council in March, but at a previous meeting it was decided council officers should run extra checks on the bar’s sound-proofing.

Neighbours had complained the music would stop them sleeping and cause disturbances.

The Rev David Butler, a Collingwood Road resident, said: ‘The bar is in a residential area where there’s 50 residential units.

‘Many are old people and the rest are people who work.

‘They deserve a good night’s rest and these proposals will stop them sleeping.

‘They want a peaceful existence.’

But the council’s licensing committee decided to allow the bar to host live music, as long as it complies with conditions including regular maintenance of its soundproofing.

It must also install volume-limiting technology, and must not allow any customers to enter, or re-enter the bar after 11.30pm.

The bar had in the past been at the centre of some public order complaints, but Ms Hunter took over after these issues, and the council’s licensing manager Nickii Humphries said they should not be considered as part of the application.