Cardiff’s newest hotel faces a battle to serve alcohol in its new bar after plans drew objections from police.
South Wales Police have objected to the Maldron Hotel, currently being finished at the lower end of St Mary Street, wanting to serve booze until 12.30am all week.
Chief Inspector Alun Morgan writing to the licensing committee said: “The police objection is based upon the licensing objectives. The prevention of crime and disorder and the prevention of public nuisance.”
The new hotel falls within the city centre ‘saturation zone‘ causing an automatic objection from the police to any new licences.
The police have hinted they will give way in their objection if the hotel can install CCTV and no drinks can be taken outside past 11.30pm.
The Maldron Hotel have said they will agree to the conditions and work with the police on major events day to “discuss specific risks”.
The hotel is due to open in the next few months and is built on the site of the former Central Hotel which was destroyed by a fire in 2003.
It will be 12 stories high and house 216 identical ensuire bedrooms.
The application will be heard by Cardiff council’s licensing committee on Friday from 10am at City Hall.
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