Proposals for late-night alcohol delivery service knocked back by councillors

August 31, 2012 No Comments »

Proposals to open a late-night alcohol delivery service on an industrial estate in Penylan have been rejected by Cardiff Council’s licensing sub-committee this morning.

Jasim Uddin Ahmed had applied for a licence to sell alcohol from his proposed business Connies House on Rhymney River Bridge Road between 11pm and 4am Sunday to Thursday, and 11pm to 6am on Fridays and Saturdays.

In his application to Cardiff Council’s licensing sub-committee, Mr Ahmed – who did not attend the sub-committee meeting this morning – said alcohol would only be sold to those who can provide identification on request, and highlighted that there was CCTV covering the building.

But South Wales Police objected to the proposals, arguing Mr Ahmed had not taken steps to adequately promote licensing objectives including preventing crime and disorder, public nuisance and protecting children from harm.

Tony Bowley, licensing officer with South Wales Police, told the committee that the force had “grave reservations” about how Mr Ahmed would operate the licence.

Sarah Smith from the council’s trading standards department added she felt Mr Ahmed did not have a “full grasp” of the business he was applying to run and the sub-committee rejected the application.

Committee chairman, Councillor Manzoor Ahmed, said: “We are concerned that as the applicant is not here today, we are unable to establish whether the applicant understands the licensing objectives. We are also unsatisfied with how he will meet them.”

An application from Tesco to extend the hours it can serve alcohol in its Albany Road store was withdrawn prior to the meeting this morning.

A gaming permit application from Toby Carvery at Cardiff Gate for three gaming machines was approved.

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