RESIDENTS are fuming over an application from Ben Ainslie Racing which would allow music to be played from its base’s terrace until midnight any night of the week.
If granted, residents fear it will give the management of the new sailing headquarters at The Camber carte blanche to hold parties and corporate functions, with music blaring out across the neighbourhood and disturbing families and the elderly.
I think it’s an invasion of privacyJoan Garland
But the racing team says it is conscious it is in a residential area and will work hard to ensure it is a ‘good neighbour’.
Joan Garland, who lives at nearby Gunwharf Quays and can see the base from her balcony, said she fears the music will be a major disruption.
Mrs Garland said: ‘It’s not just going to be for the America’s Cup, it will be all year round. I think it’s an invasion of privacy. Unfortunately I think it’s a done deal already because they’ve got the support of the council and the government and they seem to think they can steam-roller anything they want through.’
The application, which can be viewed on the Portsmouth City Council website, asks for permission to play live music on the ‘apron’ in front of the building and on the third-floor function room and terrace until 11pm, and recorded music until midnight every day. The music would be amplified, and the third-floor areas would be used ‘weekly or monthly’.
Another Gunwharf Quays resident, Ann Wilson, said she was also against the plan.
She said: ‘The biggest concern is having outside music going on after 11pm, and how often will it be?
‘I’m just a bit concerned that they are going to use those premises for corporate entertainment that will go late and will be very noisy.’
BAR events manager Amanda Ribbins said: ‘BAR is going through the official process to apply for a premises licence, taking advice from the licensing authority of Portsmouth City Council, from the Environmental Health Authority and from Hampshire police.
‘BAR applied for the licence on June 10, allowing 28 days for residents to make a representation to the council.
‘We are conscious that we are in a residential area and have implemented operating procedures that adhere to the four licensing objectives and ensure that we are good neighbours.’
Public comments on the licence close tomorrow.