A BRIDPORT cafe has been 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.

Members heard that the 42-seat cafe first opened in March and employed 23 people.

Three neighbouring residents registered objections, 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 to offer customers the chance to have a beer or glass of wine with a meal. The applicants also said that the sale of alcohol could prove crucial to the viability of their fledgling business.

After considering representations from all parties, the committee approved the licence 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 residents.”

Afterwards, Mr Denne said: “We are delighted with the decision. We hope it can further improve the experience for people coming into the cafe.”

Mr Denne said he also looked forward to serving local beers and ciders to continue to support the local economy.