The Water Gate, run by J D Wetherspoon, has put forward proposals to transform the area opposite the pub. The outdoor area would be gated and open from 8am until 11pm, with staff monitoring the area at all times. There would also be CCTV to cover the area and furniture would be removed outside of the opening times. The area on the riverside is currently a seating area with pathways, benches, and a redundant fountain. Currently The Water Gate has some outdoor seating directly outside of the premises. A safety statement submitted with the application said: This section of The Strand has benefited from an investment in the town into this shared surface primarily pedestrian only area alongside the river. The site of the proposed remote beer garden is flanked by the river wall, and riverside café.