There was confusion in a meeting of Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee this week when councillors were considering alcohol and music licensing-applications for a “Spar” convenience store.
The new shop is coming soon to Glebe Street … but Glebe Street is a street with probably the most arcane and confusing numbering system in the whole of Penarth .
The new Spar shop is to be at No 105 Glebe St (the premises of the newsagents Fourways) – but committee members ,under the chairmanship of Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell ), seemed less than confident about where exactly Number 105 was.
Unhelpfully, the licensing application itself had referred only to “Spar Outlet” and made no reference to “Fourway ” – which had the effect of sending committee members off on a wild-goose chase and ended up with them discussing the wrong premises much further up the street.
A puzzled Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines ) frankly admitted that he didn’t actually know of any Spar shop in Glebe St. [He was correct. Right now, there isn’t one]
Helpful council officers rallied to his aid and advised him [incorrectly] that 105 Glebe St was “opposite the Albion Pub”, near the former Stems florists which in turn was “next to John Bruno”. It was concluded that the shop had to be the now-closed former newsagents on the corner of Glebe St and Salop St [ In fact, it wasn’t. The correct location is over 100 yards away].
Going on this (albeit wrong) information councillors discussed the potential impact on nearby homes . Cllr Roberts “I was thinking it’s a bit tight there and a bit more residential” but he noted there were other premises nearby which carried on business late into the night so he thought the committee should be careful not to be too restrictive.
Cllr Roberts also noted that the alcohol licence being applied for appeared to begin each day a hour before the shop actually opened – and appeared to continue for two hours after its stated closing-time. “Perhaps they’re expecting a queue!” – he said.
Cllr Phillip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) said that as far as he knew the only restriction on supermarkets – like Tesco and Waitrose – applied to a Sunday and they could sell alcohol every day fr0m 08:00. Applications for music licences for supermarket radio stations were very common, he said – and licensing was required.
The chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell), who was standing in for an indisposed Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell, said he assumed there was no objection to the music licence application. Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) however pointed out that this was a shop “in the middle of town”.
The shop is applying not only for an off-licence for alcohol sales, but also for a music licence so that it can relay recorded music from the retail chain’s own radio station – “Spar Radio”.Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) queried whether there was to be an audio loudspeaker on the outside of the shop – and it was confirmed that the music (from the grocery chain’s own radio station Spar Radio) would be purely internal. The music would be played (in-store only) from 08:00 to 21:oo from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 08:00 to 19:00.
The alcohol licence (for off-the-premises consumption) would be from The new Spar store will sell food, general groceries and alcohol and be open fr0m 05:00 to 21:00 on weekdays and 05:00 to 19:00 on Sundays.07:00 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday – and from 08:00 to 21:00 on Sundays
The committee never did get around to establishing the correct location of 105 Glebe St (i.e. Fourway). The final decision on the licences for the new Spar shop ( where Fourways now is) will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.