Urban Reef restaurant in Boscombe wants to expand licensed area

Concerns have been raised about the ability of the police to meet demand from an “unprecedented” number of visitors expected this summer following the latest license application.

Urban Reef owner Mark Cribb has requested an extension of the existing restaurant license to cover his beach area, saying it would give greater control.

But Dorset Police have raised concerns about the demand and whether the force would be able to keep up with the demand along Bournemouth beaches, with BCP Council having previously offered pop-up restaurants on the seafront .

Submitted in March, the request aims to expand the restaurant’s license area, in which alcohol can be served, to cover the ornate area of ​​the beach.

“Bringing this into the licensed area offers some advantages over the current situation, including allowing additional control over the area,” said attorney Jon Payne.

The proposals presented to the BCP council would allow the decorated area to be used from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

But it prompted Dorset Police to raise concerns and take the request to a licensing subcommittee of the council. It will meet on Wednesday to discuss it.

Licensing Sergeant Gareth Gosling said an ‘unprecedented’ number of visitors were expected in the Bournemouth area this summer, prompting the force to ask for a series of conditions on any approved license.

“I am concerned that without additional measures in place the extension of the existing provision will have a negative impact on the ability of Dorset Police and our partners to handle the demand for the volume of visitors to Bournemouth beaches”, a- he said in an email to Mr. Payne. .

“It is feared that some aspects of your proposal add to the problems of crime and disorder that we have experienced in recent years.”

He called for 24 conditions to be added to the license in order to address these concerns – the same ones required of the council’s five recently approved licenses to facilitate pop-up restaurants along the beach.

Mr Payne said the existing license allowed balances that could then be routed to the patio area, but the extension would allow staff to service the area directly, reducing potential problems.

“In the proposed mode, the traffic is then significantly reduced and the transit of beverage containers to the area can be done by staff in a more responsible and managed manner,” he said.

Advisors will review the request on Wednesday (May 12).

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