Family-run Cyncoed business granted booze licence

May 20, 2011 No Comments »

A family run business has been given permission to sell booze in a leafy suburb of Cardiff.

Cyncoed residents backed an application for AJs Best Bargains to serve alcohol from 8am to 10.30pm and increase competition in the area.

Cyncoed councillor Kate Lloyd had originally objected to the application but did a u-turn after talks with local police.

She said: “I was mistaken when I saw the application I thought the word ‘bargains’ would mean bad things.

“However, since discussing with police who work with the family in another store elsewhere in Cardiff they say they are one of the best they’ve worked with.

“I now see this store would benefit the local community.”

Thaskshila Somaskanarajah, who will run the store on Clearwater Way with her son, was relived to get the permission.

She said: “It’s excellent news for us and for the local area.

“We already run a store in Splott and it will be good to expand.”

Councillors granted the licence after the objection fell and heard from local resident John Kelly who supported the new store.

He said in a letter to the licensing sub committee: “It has been an inconvenience to local residents not to have an off licence operating in competition with the local Spar shop.

“I suggest that local shoppers should not to have to pay inflated prices merely because low prices might lead to anti-social behaviour.”

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