Licensing round-up: The Corporation, The Star Inn, and Fire Island

January 4, 2013 No Comments »
The Corporation pub, on Cowbridge Road East, wants to extend its opening hours.

The Corporation pub, on Cowbridge Road East, was given permission to extend the hours it can open, serve alcohol and play music.

An application to extend the hours a Canton pub can open, serve alcohol and play music has been approved by Cardiff Council, despite objections from local residents.

YourCardiff reported yesterday how Greene King Brewing and Retailing Ltd had applied for permission to alter the premises licence of The Corporation pub on Cowbridge Road East.

The terms of the pub’s current licence gave it permission to open from 9am-11.30pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9am-11pm on Sundays, but it wanted permission to open from 9am until 12.30am seven days a week, and to serve alcohol and allow live and recorded music from 9am until midnight. It had also asked to remove a ban on alcohol being drunk in the pub’s outside yard area.

Prior to a meeting of the council’s licensing sub-committee this morning, nine letters of objection had been sent to the local authority from nearby residents, opposing the licence extension because of concerns about increased noise, anti-social behaviour, and litter.

At today’s meeting, Canton ward councillor Ramesh Patel told committee members that he had complained about noise from the pub on a number of occasions. He said that if the committee was minded to grant an extension to the licence, that no drinking of alcohol should be allowed in the yard.

But Darren Partridge, representing Greene King, said they were not aware of any complaints relating to The Corporation over the last five years.

He also said the group had agreed to abide by amendments to the proposed extended hours suggested by South Wales Police, which would allow the pub to open from 9am until midnight seven days a week, the sale of alcohol, live music and entertainment from 9am until 11.30pm, and late night refreshment from 11pm until 11.30pm. The force also suggested that the rear yard only be open to the public from 9am until 11pm.

The committee said that it did not believe the extended licence, with the amended hours agreed by the pub and South Wales Police, would have a detrimental effect on the area, and granted those extensions. It also ruled that the outside yard area could be open from 9am until 9pm each day.

Also at today’s licensing sub-committee meeting:

  • An application to extend the number of hours The Star Inn, in Old St Mellons, is allowed to provide entertainment was approved. The pub on Newport Road has had a turbulent history, and had its licence revoked in 2010 after a brawl involving around 20 people. The licence was reissued by Cardiff Council last year, including a condition allowing it to play live and recorded music until 10pm, but owners Admiral Taverns Limited applied for permission to extend this until 11pm for live music. For recorded music, they asked for permission to extend the licence until 11.30pm Monday-Wednesday, 12.30am Thursday-Saturday, and 11pm on Sundays. Local residents and South Wales Police objected to the application on the grounds of preventing crime, disorder and public nuisance, but committee chairman Councillor Derrick Morgan said there was no evidence of existing problems at the premises, and granted the licence.
  • Beatbox Bars Ltd applied for permission to alter the premises licence for its newest city centre venture, Fire Island. The company, which also runs Cardiff nightspots 10 Feet Tall and Buffalo, already had a premises licence which allowed its Westgate Street bar to open from 11am until 4.30am, supply alcohol from 11am until 4am and provide regulated entertainment (such as live and recorded music) from 11am until 2am. However, the bar today requested permission to alter its premises licence so that it gave them permission to sell alcohol from 8am until 2.30am, and allow regulated entertainment from 8am until 2.30am. It also asked that the bar’s Westgate Street entrance be allowed to stay open until 10pm. South Wales Police objected to the application on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder, public nuisance, and protection of children from harm. 24 letters of objection from nearby residents were also received, but Coun Morgan said the committee accepted that Beatbox Bars was a responsible applicant, and  granted the alternations to the licence, so long as the Westgate Street entrance closed at 9pm. However, the premises licence is restricted by planning conditions which only allow the bar to open until 1.30am.

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