Bid to extend Old St Mellons pub licence sparks opposition from residents

December 12, 2012 No Comments »

The Star Inn, in Old St Mellons, is seeking permission to extend the hours it can play live music.

Residents have expressed outrage over an application to extend the licence of a Cardiff pub which had its permission to sell alcohol revoked following a mass brawl outside the premises.

The Star Inn, on Newport Road, Old St Mellons, initially had its licence revoked after a woman was left injured and covered in blood during a brawl involving around 20 people last year.

Its licence was reissued with extra conditions in June by Cardiff Council after the pub’s owners, Admiral Taverns, sought to appeal the local authority’s decision.

But the pub has now applied to extend its premises licence, causing further concerns among neighbours, councillors and the police.

South Wales Police have objected to the application on the grounds of preventing crime, disorder and public nuisance. And a total of eight letters of objection have been submitted to Cardiff Council by householders and councillors in the area.

They fear extending the pub’s premises licence will lead to further problems of violence, anti-social behaviour and noise pollution.

One letter submitted to Cardiff Council read: “Later licensing has led to an increase in the noise in the area with drunken people congregating outside, frequently into the early hours of the morning, shouting and swearing in an aggressive manner.

“The tone of the people outside the pub is often aggressive and intimidating.”

Entertainment must finish by 10pm under the current licence, but Admiral Taverns want to extend this by one hour to 11pm. The Star Inn is currently allowed to open until 11.30pm from Monday to Wednesday, 12.30am from Thursday to Saturday, and 11pm on Sunday.

Caren Laing, business development manager at Admiral Taverns, said: “We have made an application for a modest change to the licence, which would allow the pub to play live music an hour longer – to 11pm. We think this is fair and reasonable.

“Live music is a really important feature at the Star so the pub is at a significant trading disadvantage at the moment. Many others in the area are already allowed to play until 11pm – and some have licences allowing them to play until midnight.

“A lot of money has been spent upgrading the Star, and since the review, the pub has traded impeccably – we are certainly not aware of any incidents or issues – but it’s been difficult to attract a landlord and landlady to run the pub for the long term with the current restrictions on live music.”

The licensing application will be discussed by councillors at a Cardiff council licensing sub-committee on Friday.

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