New city centre hotel faces booze bid objection

March 24, 2011 5 Comments »
New city centre hotel faces booze bid objection

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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.

View the full licensing committee papers.

Do you live in the area? Are you a business in the area? What do you think about the licensing bid? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. Simon March 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    How long do we have to suffer these unreasonable objections from unelected puritans! The police are effectively operating a protection racket of unreadonable demands in this “saturation zone” as they like to call it.
    Surely the council should be capable of taking police objections on advice and considerable each on its merit, rather than just rolling over and agreeing to every ridiculous obstacle these busy bodies dream up!

  2. LouHew March 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Unbelievable! The drunks and druggies around the station are allowed to do whatever they like. They stand, sit, and generally annoy people by the side of Burger King, central sq, all day.

    But visitors to the city can't enjoy a drink in the safety and comfort of their own hotel? Bonkers.

  3. Bob April 3, 2011 at 8:01 am - Reply

    It seems a very daft approach. I have stayed in hundreds of hotels and have not seen any problems. Surely the licence could restrict the hotel to only serving guests and those attending events at the hotel.

    Most hotels also are very strict about serving alcohol unlike most bars, pubs & clubs. I have never seen a drunk in a hotel bar let alone seeing the bar staff serve a drunk

  4. Gerald Peake June 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    That's a nice way to treat international businesses who are willing to invest their money in Cardiff! An automatic objection to any new licences is a highly unprofessional way to treat investors and the police authority should be ashamed and embarrassed. Surely there should be a sliding scale where this type of application is granted without question and some of the more rubbishy outlets just around the corner… drop off the bottom?

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