Plans have been submitted to convert a former Himalayan restaurant, located on Queen’s Road, which has been vacant since 2014, into a new micropub in Westbourne.

However, the application has caused locals to raise concerns over fears of noise from the micropub, with the premises having a history of noise complaints.

Environmental health officer, Rachel Elford, said in a letter to the board: “There is a history of complaints in relation to this premises regarding the use of the outside area and the provision of entertainment at the premises affecting adjacent and nearby residential properties.”

While other objection letters were sent by local residents saying:

“This area mostly consists of residential accommodation including two large blocks of retirement flats for the over 60s.

“A lot of these flats overlook Queen’s Road, and would be severely inconvenienced by the noise and mess created by such a premises.

“There are many similar premises providing alcohol and music within a 10-minute walk in Westbourne and Bournemouth, so I would question the need for another establishment of this kind.”

The application states: “Notices shall be prominently displayed at the exit requesting patrons to respect the needs of local residents and businesses by leaving the area quietly.

“The level of sound from amplified music or live music will be set and monitored by the premises licence holder. The set level will not cause a nuisance to residents.”

A decision on the application is expected to be made by the Borough’s licensing board today, 5/7/2016.


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