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.