Tramstop Bar gets alcohol sales go-ahead
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Portswood’s new “café /
restaurant” Tramstop Bar, that’s set to appear on Portswood Road, has
had its application to sell alcohol approved.
As reported, work is currently underway to convert the former doctors’ surgery near Trago Lounge (SO17 2NJ).
According to its licence application, Tramstop will be an “informal, neighbourhood, food led café / restaurant, which will be open all day, every day for customers to relax with a coffee, a drink and something to eat from an extensive lunchtime and a la carte menu”.
The premises will be able to open from 9am until midnight seven nights a week, and Tramstop intends to sell alcohol from 11am until 11pm. It will also be licensed for live and recorded music inside.
July’s licensing sub-committee heard there had been no representations from “responsible authorities”, including children's services, fire services and Hampshire Constabulary, but there was a number of objections from residents, from Conservative Portswood councillor Matthew Claisse, and local residents’ associations.
Many opposed the original plan to sell alcohol, especially until midnight.
“The hours applied for the sale of alcohol… 11am – 12 midnight seven days a week – are in our view excessively long, and the late night hour in particular can only add to the noise and disturbance already experienced by residents living nearby, or in the case of student drinkers the neighbourhoods through which they pass, from the plethora of pubs, bars and alcohol outlets in the area (around 20 in the Disctrict Centre),” said Adrian Vinson, writing on behalf of the Highfield and Portswood Central Residents’ Associations. [Link to meeting documents including all objections (towards end) - PDF ]
During the hearing, the application was amended so alcohol sales will stop at 11pm.
The sub-committee said that while it strongly sympathised with residents’ concerns, it also took on board that the premises will be used as a restaurant / café, with alcohol being ancillary to food provision.
It granted the licence on the “basis of the representations regarding the nature of the premises”.
Source: Southampton City Council documents