City Road restaurant’s booze licence bid

March 31, 2011 4 Comments »

An Indian restaurant’s bid to be able to sell alcohol in the heart of Cardiff’s “saturation zone” will be considered by councillors tomorrow, in the face of local opposition.

Pappadums N Chutneys – which opened on City Road in Roath earlier this year – has applied for a licence to sell alcohol from 11am to 11pm every day.

The application has already attracted objections from the police on the grounds that it may encourage crime and disorder and public nuisance and brought criticism from area councillors.

Owners say in the application that the 25-seater capacity restaurant – a franchise of London restaurant Pappadums – would be “managed and controlled by responsible people”, has internal and external CCTV and fire safety equipment installed.

But police lodged an objection to the application as it is within the city’s saturation zone, where there is “a large amount of alcohol-related crime and disorder and public nuisance.”

Roath councillors Richard Jerrett and Mark Stephens also lodged objections to the application on the grounds it would be contrary to the saturation zone policy.

Coun Stephens said: “The [saturation] policy has been adopted to combat antisocial behaviour such as noise, smells, parking and potentially more serious incidents – particularly late at night.

“If the policy was overturned it, the concentration of food and drink premises would increase considerably (as evidenced by the continuing number of applications) which would exacerbate the situation and lead to intolerable levels of antisocial behaviour.”

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the application? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. Simon March 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Yet again more Police objection without adequate reason. Don’t know why we bother having councillors and public reprsentatation if we just let the Police walk all over due process and unilaterally make the decisions. Pathetic!

  2. Mike March 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Cllr. Jerrett should know about selling alcohol on City Road. I remember him serving behind the bar at the Tut & Shive!

  3. stu March 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    why ask the police? you know what they are going to say, an unintelligent, untargeted sledgehammer approach. Why not ask them if they'd like to curfew us all from dusk til dawn aswell? that would make their jobs easier……Would also mean we'd need less of them saving a few bob of our taxes too. I'd take them more seriously if they brought some sensible policing strategies to the table.

  4. Math April 1, 2011 at 10:52 am - Reply

    The blanket approach adopted by SWP to the saturation policy is wrong and short sighted. The same applies to St Marys Street. Each application should be considered on its own merits and focus shifted to using existing powers on existing licenced premisies which are a problem.

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