A Caerau pub has been given permission to serve alcohol for longer, despite objections from some local residents.
Highfields pub on Caerau Road applied to Cardiff Council’s licensing sub-committee for permission to extend the hours it can sell alcohol from 10am-11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm-10.30pm on Sundays, to 10am-12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-11.30pm Sunday to Thursday. They also wanted permission to play recorded and live music from 10am to 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and 10am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The council had received objections from some residents, including a petition with 19 signatures from people living in Pant-y Deri Close, with concerns the extended hours would create more alcohol related problems in the area.
Another resident raised concerns about foul language, litter and fighting, which could be worsened by the extra hours, and Caerau ward councillor Peter Bradbury added that despite the work the landlord and pub owner Brains had done to turn the pub’s fortunes around, he was concerned the extended hours would upset residents in the middle of a built up area with the threat of anti-social behaviour.
But the licensing sub-committee approved the pub’s application on the condition that there will be no first entry to the venue after 11pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. The pub will also have to install a CCTV system which will be operated at all times when the pub is open to the public.
People will not be allowed to use the pub’s out door area to drink alcohol or eat food after 11pm, and all doors and windows must be closed while live or recorded music is being played.
The extended opening hours do not apply to Bank Holidays.