A BRIDPORT cafe has proved successful in its application for an alcohol licence, despite objections from neighbours.

West Dorset District Council’s licensing sub committee considered a bid by Soulshine in South Street to serve alcohol between noon and 7pm on Monday to Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sundays.

The committee was told that the 42-seat cafe opened in March this year and employed 23 people.

Three neighbouring residents registered objections to the application, citing concerns over public safety, crime and disorder and public nuisance.

Applicants Lisa Loader and Chris Denne said that they were not looking to change the nature of the business, but offer customers the chance to have a beer or glass of wine with a meal.

They said the sale of alcohol could prove crucial to the viability of their fledgling business.

The objections centred around concerns over security of neighbouring properties, noise pollution from the garden of the cafe and glass collections and fears that alcohol could induce overcrowding and anti-social behaviour.

After considering representations from all parties, the committee approved the licence application subject to the mandatory conditions set out in the Licensing Act.

Committee chairman Keith Day said: “We considered on balance that it would not create an unreasonable disturbance to local residents.”

After the committee had delivered its ruling, Mr Denne said: “We are delighted with the decision.We hope it can further improve the experience for people coming into the cafe.”

He also looked forward to serving local beers and ciders to support the local economy.