Koko Gorilaz booze plan angers community leaders

March 8, 2011 No Comments »
Koko Gorilaz booze plan angers community leaders

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Plans for a bar to serve alcohol until 3am will make a residential area of Cardiff an “extension of the city centre”, community leaders have warned.

Koko Gorilaz, on Miskin Street in Cathays, has applied to vary its licence to allow it to stay open until 3.30am nightly from Thursday to Saturday and serve alcohol until 3am.

At present the club is allowed to serve alcohol from 10pm until 1am on Thursdays and to 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

But stiff opposition to the application has come from Cathays councillor Simon Pickard, who said that it could make the areas of Cathays and Roath an “extension of the city centre.”

He said: “If this licence extension is granted it could set a precedent in the Cathays and Roath area, with all pubs competing to open later and later.

“There is a real danger that parts of residential Cathays could simply become an extension of the city centre.

“I have no problem with pubs and bars in Cathays, but if people want to drink after midnight it’s not unreasonable to ask them to go to the city centre or Students Union.”

Coun Pickard also expressed concern that the pub was one of seven premises caught selling alcohol to under-18s last year, as revealed by yourCardiff.

He added: “ How can local residents have confidence that it is a well-managed pub deserving of a late-night alcohol licence?”

Richard Brydon, who chairs the Cathays Police And Communities Together (Pact) meetings in the area, said: “This is a residential area – it is not there to serve the needs of people who want to drink until 3.30am.

“In other areas in Cathays the pub can stay open but we cannot get to the times that we do in the city centre.

“It just seems that it is dragging the problems from the city centre further out into residential areas.”

Jay Shah, owner of Koko Gorilaz in Cathays, declined to comment.

Residents are being consulted on the plans until Tuesday, March 8, and can contact the council directly by email on licensing@cardiff.gov.uk or writing to Licensing Section, Room 161, City Hall, Cardiff CF10 3ND.

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