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Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Dean Carr

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Hotel alcohol licence granted despite council leader objections

 
A Hotel has been granted a licence to serve alcohol despite attempts by Bournemouth’s council leader to block it.

Cllr John Beesley claimed during a licensing meeting on Thursday that the nine-bed Roselyn Hotel, West Cliff Road, risked creating a “public nuisance” if it was allowed to open a ground floor restaurant which served alcoholic drinks.

But new owner Seyed Zadeh, who also operates the Tiien Restaurant at Bournemouth’s Marriott Hotel, rejected this assertion and said he simply wanted to reinstate a licence that had been held at the site for many years before.

Mr Zadeh had, prior to the meeting, withdrawn a planning application seeking to extend the premises in response to objections, and agreed to a terminal hour of 11pm for non-residents.

He also suggested further conditions be included – accepted by the licensing board – to refuse stag and hen bookings, have a maximum of 40 customers in the eatery and not to serve alcohol or food outside.

“I love Bournemouth and I want to create things for Bournemouth which attract the right people,” said Mr Zadeh, who explained the bistro would serve multinational cuisine with customers predicted to spend £30 each in an average sitting.

He said that he hoped it would become a location where neighbouring residents could enjoy afternoon tea, and that he was investing in the site to turn it into a “high class boutique hotel”.

But Cllr Beesley said there had been “quite a lot of mistrust of the application” and a “substantial amount of confusion because of later changes”.

“The introduction of late night activity to a part of Westbourne to which the proposed use would be alien presents a strong opportunity for the displacement of business to this location from elsewhere,” said Cllr Beesley

Cllr Beesley, who owns hotel consultancy Hospitality Solutions, suggested its licensable hours should be the same as two other guest houses nearby. However, when asked what these hours are, Cllr Beesley admitted he did not know.

Mr Zadeh had, prior to the meeting, withdrawn a planning application seeking to extend the premises in response to objections, and agreed to a terminal hour of 11pm for non-residents.

He also suggested further conditions be included – accepted by the licensing board – to refuse stag and hen bookings, have a maximum of 40 customers in the eatery and not to serve alcohol or food outside.

“I love Bournemouth and I want to create things for Bournemouth which attract the right people,” said Mr Zadeh, who explained the bistro would serve multinational cuisine with customers predicted to spend £30 each in an average sitting.

He said that he hoped it would become a location where neighbouring residents could enjoy afternoon tea, and that he was investing in the site to turn it into a “high class boutique hotel”.

But Cllr Beesley said there had been “quite a lot of mistrust of the application” and a “substantial amount of confusion because of later changes”.

“The introduction of late night activity to a part of Westbourne to which the proposed use would be alien presents a strong opportunity for the displacement of business to this location from elsewhere,” said Cllr Beesley

Cllr Beesley, who owns hotel consultancy Hospitality Solutions, suggested its licensable hours should be the same as two other guest houses nearby. However, when asked what these hours are, Cllr Beesley admitted he did not know.
 
News source: Bournemouth Daily Echo
 
Hotel Alcohol Licence
For information on licensing a hotel or guest house contact the licensing team at PLT on 01242 222188
 
 
 
 

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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