City centre bar Revolution has been given permission to open for an extra hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The bar’s owner, Inventive Leisure Services Limited, applied to Cardiff Council for permission to extend its opening hours on these days from 11am-2.30am to 11am-3.30am.
It also wanted to extend the hours it is allowed to sell alcohol and provide live/recorded music to 3am, and offer late night refreshment until 3.30am.
Revolution had agreed with South Wales Police that conditions could be placed on a new licence, including the introduction of ID scanning devices at the club, and that police would be able to reverse the extended opening hours on seven days written notice.
Cathays councillor Simon Pickard had objected to this on the grounds that new ID scanning equipment could cause an increase in queues outside Revolution, leading to more noise and anti-social behaviour.
But Tony Lyons, acting on for Inventive Leisure Services, told the council’s licensing sub-committee this morning that Revolution has used an ID scanning system for the last eight months.
The committee agreed to extend the bar’s license, but said it would not be imposing the conditions agreed between the venue and police.
Committee chairman Councillor Ed Bridges said this was because Revolution already uses ID scanning devices, so the first condition was not necessary.
Councillors also decided not to impose the condition allowing police to revoke the extended licence on seven days notice because it would “usurp” the role of the licensing committee.
Also approved by the licensing committee this morning was an application to extend the opening hours of the Co-Op in Llandaff.
The supermarket was given permission to alter its opening hours, and the hours it can sell alcohol, from 8am-11pm Monday to Saturday to 7am-11pm on these days.
Councillors said yes to the application despite a letter of opposition from resident Anthony Driscoll raising concerns about young people congregating and drinking near the store.