Wine bar worried over complaints about live music

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WORKERS at a wine bar in Lee-on-the-Solent have said they fear the council will take action due to complaints about live music at the venue.

Pier Street Coffee House and Wine Bar has been open for two years and has hosted bands on a Friday and Saturday night for three years.

Now manager Nikita Burton has told The News council workers have said the bar may face action after nearby residents put in noise complaints.

She fears new residents have complained about the bar and is worried she will be told to pull the plug.

Ms Burton said: ‘As far as we’re aware there’s some new people moved in and they’re complaining about the music.

‘Live music is a big part of what we do. They’ve only just moved in.

‘I live right by the community centre and it doesn’t bother me. If it was going on until 2am or 3am I would understand that.’

Ms Burton, pictured, said live music stops at around 11pm and the sound system is used afterwards to play records. She added: ‘We’ve only ever had a complaint once before and it was to do with the bottles being put out at a time and we did something about it.

‘That was months ago – we addressed that and we don’t let anyone out the back.’

Gosport Borough Council has confirmed that it is investigating a noise complaint about the bar.

It is not known who has lodged the complaint.

But Ms Burton added she is keen to work with the council to address it.

She added: ‘We’re happy to work with them.

‘We’re all about respect for the residents.

‘We’ve never had any problems before with loud music.

‘We’ve always had live music, bands and stuff.

‘We don’t even have to turn off the live music at 11pm but we do out of respect for people around.’

The bar is licensed to play live music.

A council spokeswoman said: ‘The council has an ongoing noise complaint in respect of the premises and is seeking to resolve the issue with the local management.’