No Royal finish for Pontcanna street party

May 4, 2011 7 Comments »
No Royal finish for Pontcanna street party

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A Cardiff Royal Wedding street party was brought to an abrupt halt on Friday, after one neighbour complained about the noise.

The party, taking place on Severn Grove, and in the Robin Hood pub, Pontcanna, was ended prematurely by Cardiff council noise pollution officers at 10pm, three hours before the party was billed to finish.

Following the complaint, officers arrived and told landlord of the Robin Hood, Paul Careless, to shut his windows, turn off the music and clear all the people off the site.

Watch a video of the street party in action

But organiser of the street party, Terry Philips, believes there were no bad incidents, and the council were completely unjustified in prematurely concluding the celebrations.

He said: “There was no need for it. Cardiff council were totally and utterly out of order. I did not have an issue whatsoever with anyone, people were enjoying themselves.

“The council have actually soured the milk.”

The officers who ended the party were allegedly strong and heavy-handed in their actions, and Riverside Councillor, Iona Gordon, plans to investigate the matter.

She said: “I have asked for a report into the manner in which the party was stopped, when people were still having a lovely time.”

A spokesperson from Cardiff council said: “Noise officers visited the Robin Hood and saw that the front windows were wide open and music and karaoke was clearly audible outside.

“The officers discussed the complaint with the pub supervisor and it was agreed that the front windows would be closed and the karaoke terminated.”

Mr Philips, who is head of the area’s neighbourhood watch, believes the man who complained was abrupt in the manner he confronted the organisers.

“He was very abusive to me,” he said. “He was in my face, he accused me of drinking.

“There will be an official complaint about his behaviour, I will not put up with it.”

The neighbour, who wished not to be identified, has been involved with the pub before.

And landlord Mr Careless, a popular local figure, faces a hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court tomorrow, as the council’s noise pollution department are taking action in response to a complaint made by the same resident about a past event.

Mr Careless could face a minimum £5,000 fine, which he says would be difficult to pay, and could threaten the future of the pub.

Until its early finish, the party, which included a performance from former Riverside girl Charlotte Church, was a great success, and it is believed over 1000 people attended.

Mr Philips said: “It was such a grand occasion, everybody celebrated. It has brought this community closer.

“Everybody was enjoying themselves, this was the place to be.”

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

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  1. Ian May 4, 2011 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Still, 10pm isn't bad considering the street closing licenses only ran until 6pm. there was a street party on Miskin Street which South Wales Police asked to close at 10pm as well.

  2. Severn Gr Resident May 4, 2011 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Such a shame. I was at the Robin Hood all day and evening. I live opposite the pub and was delighted to see everyone enjoying themselves. I do not understand why a local resident complained when we were all warned in advance of the occasion. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day – there are not many occasions where the community get together these days. Thanks to all who organised the event – it was a great day. Shame some people have to try and spoil it. Paul, the landlord of the pub should also be commended on his hard work.

  3. horya May 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    noice pollution is very bad for our

  4. Rachael Phillips May 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    How ridiculous. If it were a case of loud music and street revelry every night or even once a month i could totally understand but as a one off what is the point?!

  5. Mark Jones May 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I have no sympathy at all for those making noise. Yes, there was a street party and it was probably good fun but their fun is had at the expense of others, people with young children might not take too kindly to loud amplified music being pumped out of the pub. The pub saw a way of making money by serving those who had been at the party and keeping the party going – but they made their money by torturing their neighbours!

  6. Tony May 6, 2011 at 12:21 am - Reply

    The party organisers had already divided the community by excluding the children from the top end of Severn Grove. When challenged about why young children were being excluded in this way we were told it was up to the children to ask to be invited!! When pressed further it was claimed there was "no room" for any more children – presumably there is a bye-law preventing an extra chair being placed on a table at a street party!!! With such a petty and spiteful attitude towards the children of residents of Severn Grove I am not surprised there was a backlash.

  7. Tom May 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    The noise pollution officers were simply doing their job.

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