Caerau residents fight extended booze licence for Highfields pub

September 18, 2012 3 Comments »

Caerau residents are fighting proposals from a local pub to extend its alcohol licence by at least half an hour each evening.

Highfields pub, on Caerau Road, currently has permission to sell alcohol, play recorded music and make music from 10am until 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm to 10.30pm on Sundays. But the pub is seeking permission to sell booze and play music from 10am until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am until 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday.

The pub is also asking for 30 minutes drinking up time after the last permitted sale of alcohol each day, and for an additional hour for all licensable activities on bank holiday weekends, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. It also wants trading restrictions removed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Following talks with South Wales Police, the pub has agreed that if the new licence is granted, music will stop at 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

But Caerau ward councillor Peter Bradbury said that while he congratulated the way the Highfields’ landlord and pub owners Brains had turned the pub’s fortunes around in recent years, he could not support the extension of the licence.

Coun Bradbury said the pub was in the middle of a built up area with hundreds of homes, and that the extended hours would “invariably upset residents around the pub”.

He added: “Despite the good work that has been done by Brains and the landlord…there is still a small threat of anti social behaviour due to alcohol consumption that cannot be ignored.”

A petition with 19 signatures from people living in nearby Pant-y Deri Close said residents “strongly object” to the proposals because it will create more alcohol related problems in the area.

They add that cars often park outside the Highfields with music playing and customers drinking alongside the vehicles, which residents feel intimidated by, and that customers urinate along the side of the pub in full view of the public.

The petition said: “At the moment, our area is quiet and peaceful at nights. At present we feel safe and we would wish that it remains so. We feel this variation will create many problems within the area once it is known that the Highfields is open late.”

Another letter, from someone who described themselves as “a very disgruntled resident who definitely opposes the proposed plans”, raised concerns about loud music from karaoke at the pub, foul language from its customers, litter, and fighting – all of which “seem to be a daily occurrence at the moment”.

The resident added: “Quite frankly I am appalled to think that the landlord of the pub even had the nerve to ask for extended hours given the current climate of the pub.”

A decision on the pub’s application will be made by Cardiff Council’s licensing sub committee on Friday.

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3 Comments

  1. Jim September 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    More trouble comes from kids drinking on the street, or people drinking in their homes..getting totally tanked up with no-one responsible for them.

    Pubs create community, they are more responsible places to drink than the street.

    Bad of the councillor not to support it.

  2. G/W September 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Reguards the Highfield Inn.
    Do the residents of Pant-y-Deri And Close know that the Highfields has the highest food rating standards=5
    Do the Residents know that the Licening officer has given the Pub a Low risk rating.
    Do they know that there is no Graffiti on the Highfields.
    Do they know that Residents of Pant-y-deri & close know its proven that its imposible to here Any music from the Highfields.
    Do the Residents know that the landlord has a zero tolerance fore trouble makers.
    Do the Ressidents of Pant-y-Deri & Close Know That The Home Guard is open till 12pm on Fiday & Saterdays.
    Do the Residents of Pant-y-Deri Know its in posible to se or hear any noise that may come from the Highfields
    Do the Residents of Pan-y-Deri Know the the Highfields has sealed off the carpark to protect the residents
    Do the Councillor know that the customers of the highfields vote also and has he ever visited the pub and express concerns.
    Why blame the Highfields for problems caused by others, Is it because the are house owners, Protecting there properties,
    Have any of these resients complained to Brains . never.
    From a member of Caerau Rugby who meet in the Highfields

  3. gwyn September 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Every Statement made above is untrue; none of the objectors live opposite the pub
    The closes tenants have not objected is that not strange.

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