There is hope a café on a refurbished Isle of Wight pier could soon reopen after its owners lodged plans to sell alcohol there.
The application comes months after a proposal to turn The Bay Café, on Totland Pier, into holiday lets was refused.
The café, which was part of the pier’s multi-million-pound redevelopment, opened for a season in 2021 but has not served customers since, prompting questions about its future.
Now, a licence application has been submitted by the cafe’s Surrey-based owners, The Wooldridge Partnership, to sell alcohol from 09:00 to 23:00.
If the licence is approved by the Isle of Wight Council, the café could serve alcohol from September 5, for consumption on and off its premises. The opening hours of the café are also revealed in the application, from 08:30 – 00:00, all week.
Documents submitted to the council say the café would close within an hour once it has stopped selling alcohol, allowing customers to leave in an orderly manner without causing a nuisance to nearby residents.
The alcohol licence would cover the inside of the restaurant and outside seating on the pier, stretching towards, but would not cover, the restaurant at the end. The restaurant would therefore need a separate licence to sell alcohol. To mitigate any proposed nuisance, the café has said it would install CCTV, give staff training, have a ‘Challenge 25 policy’ and put signs at the exits asking customers to be quiet when leaving.
You can view the application, 23/01235/LAPNEW, on the council’s licensing register. Comments can be submitted until 4th September.
The proposals to remove the café and have holiday lets instead were not supported by the community, with Totland Parish Council objecting to the plans.
It said there had been a café at the site since the 1940s and was disappointed it could lose a community asset.
The Isle of Wight Council said the loss of the café would have a detrimental impact on the tourism provision in the bay, the vitality of a key seafront destination and the local community.
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