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To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive
The Vulcan Inn, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UD
The Chair welcomed Bethan Johnson the applicant and Jose Pires an objector to the Meeting.
Simon Jones Solicitor outlined the procedure for the hearing.
Jo Baber then led the Committee through the ‘Application to Vary a Premises Licence - The Vulcan Inn, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil’ report.
Ms Johnson confirmed that the variation being applied for in relation to Sundays was that it was for Sundays preceding Bank Holiday Mondays.
Mr Pires advised that there had been noise disturbance for twenty years and that it was nothing personal with Ms Johnson as there were problems already on the High Street and that for twenty years there had been the need for Roller Shutter Doors. There was Anti-Social Behaviour and an increase of noise on a Thursday.
Ms Johnson advised the Committee of the other Premises that were open on a Thursday and that the Vulcan Inn was not open on a Sunday.
Mr Pires referred to Takeaways and Taxi’s on the High Street together with comments of Residents on ‘Trip Advisor’.
Ms Johnson advised that she ran a good Pub and that the noise and anti-social behaviour could not be attributed to her premises bearing in mind that there were other premises in the area.
Simon Jones advised that the Committee could only consider matters that were the responsibility of the Vulcan Inn. If there were problems with Takeaways then this was another matter.
Responding to an allegation of outside drinking, Ms Johnson advised that no drinks were allowed out of the premises and that there was a designated Smoking Area at the back. She also referred to the variation being applied for and the extension of hours.
Simon Jones advised that representations had also been received from others in the locality and that whilst they had not attended their representations would be taken into account by the Committee when coming to their decision.
He also advised that no representations had been received from the Environmental Health Department or any objections from the Police.
Andy Jenkins advised that the view of the South Wales Police was that if the application had been for later than 1.30 am then they would have objected.
He further stated that he had engaged with Ms Johnson a year ago in relation to looking at the Premises Licence and the way the Business was operating. This was a process of educating and advising and that Ms Johnson had been positive in her co-operation with the Police.
Mr Jenkins referred to the fence along the rear of the Premises that had been erected in the outdoor area.
He referred to the issue of under-age customers and that 16/17 year olds could enter a Pub but could not consume alcohol. However, Ms Johnson had indicated that she did not want youths in the Premises only adults and that a condition had been agreed with the Police that no Under 18’s would be allowed into the premises during Licenced ... view the full minutes text for item 269.
Any other business deemed Urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.