Roath Tesco Metro asks for more hours to sell alcohol

August 30, 2012 No Comments »

Tesco on Albany Road

Cardiff’s licensing sub committee will meet again tomorrow morning, with three applications set to be considered by councillors. All the documentation that will go before the committee can be found here.

Tesco Metro, 11-17 Albany Road, Roath

The Tesco store on Albany Road has applied for an extension to its alcohol licence. It currently has permission to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm when they are open Monday to Sunday, but wants to be able to sell booze for an extra hour from 6am to midnight seven days a week.

South Wales Police have lodged an objection to the application on the basis that there is a high amount of alcohol related crime and disorder in the Albany Road area, and that extra hours to sell alcohol will exacerbate these problems.

There are also two residents objections, with one arguing people who live in the area have suffered anti-social behaviour on “numerous occasions”, including drunkeness and crime associated with alcohol.

Another said the alternation could cause parking problems in the area.

Connies House, Rhymney River Bridge Road

Jasim Uddin Ahmed has applied for a licence to sell alcohol from Connies House – a home delivery service for alcohol – from Room 4, Ground Floor Connies House, Rhymney River Bridge Road.

Mr Ahmed is seeking permission to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises between 11pm and 4am Sunday to Thursday, and 11pm to 6am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The applicant says alcohol will only be sold to those who can provide identification on request and there is CCTV covering the building, but chief inspector of South Wales Police for the Cardiff district Steve Murray has objected to the proposal. He says the steps outlined by Mr Ahmed “do not adequately promote licensing objectives” such as preventing crime, disorder, and public nuisance,

Chief Inspector Murray lists conditions which would help Mr Ahmed to reduce the impact of a licence, including that alcohol must only be delivered to people over the age of 18, the general public should not be allowed to enter the premises and a daily register of purchases is kept.

But Chief Inspector Murray adds: “However, I feel it is pertinent to take this opportunity to reinforce the point that these conditions will not adequately promote the licensing objectives but merely go someway to limiting the extent as to which they are likely to be undermined.”

Cardiff Council’s trading standards department also asks that if the application is granted, there is a 100% ID check policy

The committee will also consider a gaming permit application from Toby Carvery at Cardiff Gate for three gaming machines.

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