Cliff cafe licence concern

By Ross Findon

Published on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 12:11


Cliff cafe licence concern

The Hideaway Cafe. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

UPDATED 15:26*

SAFETY concerns have been raised about a cliff top cafe’s application to extend the hours it serves alcohol.

The Hideaway Cafe, on the Sandown and Shanklin Cliff path, was left just a few metres from the cliff edge following a landslip last year.

*It wants to extend the time it can serve alcohol to 12.30am

A report to the Isle of Wight Council licensing sub committee, which is due to hear an application to amend the licence from the cafe on Monday, said: "From a public safety perspective, concerns have been raised that the premises is within close proximity to the cliff path and customers leaving the premises, whilst under the influence of alcohol, could pose a potential risk to themselves and others within the vicinity of the cliff path."

Isle of Wight Council officers said however that they believe the issue of safety after leaving the venue was a matter of personal responsibility, not licensing.

Several residents had raised concerns about noise, but conditions to address them have been agreed with the police, environmental health and the cafe.

Co-owner Daniel Ashley-Walker said the premises currently had a licence, with no conditions, but wanted to extend the licence, to allow it to serve alcohol to customers for longer.

He said they had volunteered to conditions including no glass to be taken outside after 8pm and no new customers to be served alcohol after 11pm.

He said they had also volunteered to fit CCTV and added that they had not experienced any problems from being so close to the cliff.


The Hideaway Cafe, perched at the top of the cliff, following a landslip in 2013.


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