A DECISION to block a cocktail bar’s bid to serve alcohol until the early hours has been hailed by councillors.
The bar Three in Palmerston Road, Southsea, wanted to extend its licence from midnight until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, but the owner’s application was turned down by Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee.
But members decided that extending the licence would lead to a rise in ‘public nuisance’ and frustrate neighbours in the area.
The sub-committee’s report said: ‘It is clear that there is a high number and density of premises selling alcohol in Palmerston Road and serious problems of nuisance have begun to arise in the area surrounding those premises, especially in the later part of the evening.’
Councillor Linda Symes spoke at the committee meeting on behalf of a group of residents.
She said other businesses at that end of the road closed at midnight, and extending Three’s licence would only frustrate nearby residents.
She said: ‘Can you imagine having people smoking and talking under your door until 2am?
‘It was unacceptable.’
Cllr Hugh Mason said: ‘I am pleased that some commonsense has prevailed.
‘It would have been very detrimental for residents if the extended hours had been allowed.’
Cllr Michael Andrewes said: ‘This bar is really close to residents. It is difficult enough for them with it open until midnight.’
Clarence Parade resident Betty Gyles said in her letter that there was already a public nuisance problem in the area and extending the licence would have made it worse.
She wrote: ‘I get very annoyed at being disturbed in the early hours of the morning by the shouts and screams of the late night drinkers from Palmerston Road who then gravitate towards the common, not to mention the urination and defecation in our private car park at the rear of our flats.’
The bar’s owner, Sophy Rosaman, said in the application that the bar made every effort to contain late-night noise.
She argued that the bar was equipped with a CCTV system and two door staff on duty on Friday and Saturday nights.
Her application said the bar also operates a random-search policy and conducts regular toilet checks.