A pub striving to become the “heart of the community” has been granted permission to have more entertainment at weekends.
The Caerau on Bishopston Road in the West of the city will be allowed to have music until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
South Wales Police, Cardiff Environmental Health, local councillors and residents objected to the application, but Cardiff Council’s licensing sub committee found in favour of the landlord Violet Jenkins.
She said: “I’m trying to make this into a community pub and I want to be able to have events until midnight at the weekends. That’s what my customers want.
“These are hard times and we need to make a living. If I didn’t get this extension we would be finding it very tough to survive.”
Inspector Anthony Bowley from South Wales Police objecting to the application said: “I’m not trying to throw mud at the pub, but there have been a number of incidents in the past and we believe any extension will lead to crime and disorder in the area.”
Insp Bowley gave details of a mass brawl outside the pub in July this year at 1.37 AM where a man was arrested for assaulting a female customer.
David Lucas, who has lived in the area for 20 years, objected to the extended hours.
He said: “The area is turning into a ghetto. My wife and I live above the bookmakers that I run, just across from the flat, and the noise gets so bad we have to go and stay in a hotel some weekends.”
Rhys Morgan from Cardiff Council’s Environmental Health department raised an objection saying they already received complaints about noise at the pub.
He said: “Any extension in the hours is likely to see more residents phoning us to complain about noise at the pub. We already get calls at 10 PM on weekends and this will only make things worse.”
Andrew Cochrane, solicitor for brewery Marston’s who own the pub, defended Mrs Jenkins running of the premises.
He said: “I am sure we’d all prefer to have a licensee who is willing to work with the police and the authorities to have a safe pub. The last thing anybody wants is a boarded up pub because we can’t make the business work.”
The licensing sub committee placed a condition on the licence that rules out live music past 11 PM and no alcohol is allowed outside in smoking areas past 10 PM.
Councillor Bob Smith, chair of the licensing sub committee, said: “It was a difficult decision to come to but we found the evidence submitted acceptable and we want to see pubs at the heart of their community.”
Do you live in the area? Do you use the pub? What do you think about the decision?