Penarth Town Council is to support an application by the cafe/patrisserie “The Crepe Escape” in Glebe St to open on Sundays .
The proprietor Alison Jones has applied for the removal of a restriction in the planning permission for the premises which currently allows the business only to trade between 08:00 and 18:00 hours Monday to Saturday.
The new application seeks permission to open between 10:00 – 16:00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The applicant states that there would be “no large gathering” outside the premises or “loud music” during these additional hours.
In her applications Mrs Jones pointed out that several other businesses in Penarth purveying food and drink which are now open on Sundays.
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) said – to laughter from fellow councillors -“From a personal point of view I am on a diet ” but supported the application – noting that the Vale of |Glamorgan Council’s “Town Centre Framework” encouraged the opening of more retailers on a Sunday as this would increase the attraction to tourists.
Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) in the chair said there were a number of businesses in Glebe St already open on a Sunday and this would be a welcome addition.
Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) said having more premises open in Glebe St wopuld make the town feel “more welcoming. more homely as well – especially on a Sunday” and he welcome the application and would similarly welcome applications from other shops if they too wished to open on a Sunday .
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said “anything that increases the offer in Penarth has got to be applauded”.
Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward ) said he thought the proposed Sunday hours were reasonable – and Cllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines) added “that – in itself – is a good thing”.
The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning officers