The Penarth Labour Club in Glebe St wanted to carry on serving alcohol until 2:00 am every morning – but Labour-controlled Penarth Council says it would rather a 2-hour extension until 01:00 am 

The Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council’s planning committee has been considering a controversial licensing application by the local Labour Club in Glebe St, Penarth to  carry on serving alcohol until 02:00am – every night of the week  .

Currently the club is licensed to serve alcohol only until 23:00 hours (11 o’clock) each night – but now wants to keep its bar open to carry on serving drinks for another 3 hours every night.

Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines)

The chairman of the council planning committee Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines)  – perhaps sensing that this licence application was going to be less than popular with neighbouring residents – was at pains to attempt to distance the Labour Party itself from the contentious application.

He said  “I should make it clear that as far as I am aware the Labour Party has absolutely nothing to do with Penarth Labour Club”.(See PDN Note below)

Cllr Martin Turner, (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin  Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said “With my tongue in my cheek can I say that the Conservative Party supports this application fully… for the nuisance it will cause”   – a comment which provoked laughter from members of both parties in the council chamber .

[ PDN Note – In May this year Cllr Turner stood unsuccessfully for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in  St Augustines  – the Penarth ward in which the Labour Club is situated. He retained his Plymouth Ward seat on Penarth Town Council]

Cllr Turner said there had been what he described as   “one or two adverse comments” about the application from members of the public in the local media.

The chairman – Cllr Humphrey – asked whether anyone knew what the closing times of “other organisations in town” were.

The Deputy Town Clerk said he was unable to reel them off from the top of his head – but councillors recalled that the licence of the St Fagans Castle pub in the town centre permitted it to continue serving alcohol until 01:00 .

Cllr Humphrey thought that a Labour Club extension until 02:00 for the Labour Club for a “special occasion” might be acceptable but this was a “blanket” application. There must – he thought – be “good stuff going on there” .

Penarth Labour Club: It’s nothing to do with us – the local Labour Party claims.

The planning committee decided that it would recommend an extension for the Labour Club only until 01:00 a.m. to bring it into line with other licensed premises – which would represent a 2-hours a night extension for the Labour Club.

The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s licensing committee.

[ PDN Note:  The Cardiff and Penarth Local Labour Party has been trying to publicly distance itself from the Penarth Labour Club for years – although it is admitted that several local Labour Party members do belong to the Labour Club, do frequent it often and that party functions are held there. Local Labour councillors assert that the formal connection between the Labour Party and the Penarth Labour Club was severed in 1996 . In fact the club is actually a mutual limited company called the Penarth Labour Club and Institute Ltd and was founded as such in  1936. It is  currently registered under the provisions of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act of 2014. ]




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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Critics of the Penarth Labour Club should perhaps pick on someone their own size.
    The denigration of a legitimate Cooperative Organisation by an alleged source within the Labour Movement is to demonstrate a high level of ignorance of how we have worked since 1927 and is, quite frankly wrong. We are and always will be proud to include Social Clubs as part of the Labour family.
    The Penarth Labour Party cannot distance itself from the Penarth Labour Club as they are inextricably linked through a series of pan-movement consultative organisations which ultimately fund the Labour and Coop Members in the House of Commons.
    Penarth Labour Club (there is no monopoly on the use of the word Labour) is a member of Cooperatives UK which is near 100% funded by profits from the Food Stores and which also effectively gives amounts of up to £600000 a year to the Labour Coop Parliamentary Group of MPs. ( e.g.helping fund the campaign leaflets for Cardiff South and Penarth)
    Historical note – The Cooperative Party came into being in 1917 when that vile Liberal Democrat warmonger Lloyd George stole their business assets for the Front rather than use those of his rich friends and Party Funders..

    • Peter Church says:

      Funny you supporting this one Philip?

      Shameful that they want to extend drinking and drunkenness till 2am

      New Labour New Drinking Hours!

    • M.Jones says:

      We have nothing to do with the Labour Party, we are the People’s Front of Judea!
      “No we’re not, we are the Judea People’s Front!”

  2. Penileaks says:

    Well, well, well, our esteemed members of the Penarth Town Council Planning Committee are really surpassing their incompetence on almost a weekly basis now !

    Forget the political view point and the inevitable bickering between the Lab/Con committee members and many on this forum, what needs to be considered are the facts…………and the Planning Committee obviously do not know and cannot be bothered to gather the facts relevant to this application, when they are easily and readily available.

    Having to ask other members of the committee if they happened to know what the other licencing hours in the town were just highlights how ‘can’t be bothered’ the Chairman, Cllr Nigel Humphrey and Vice Chairman, Cllr Mike Cuddy (if indeed he attended this meeting) and Deputy Town Clerk are. They all must have known that this application was up for discussion at this meeting and yet none of them, nor anyone else on the committee it appears, bothered to find out any licencing history of the area and then base their recommendation to the VoG on incorrect information.
    For their benefit, I will copy and paste below the wording of the St Fagan’s Castle application:

    The application is to allow the sale of alcohol and playing of recorded music until; Midnight Sunday to Thursday 01:00 Friday and Saturday 01:30 Bank Holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas Eve. With the premises to close 30 minutes after the end of licensable activities. Provision of recorded music until 03:00 New Years Eve/Day. All other hours are to remain unchanged.

    So, the St Fagan’s Castle opening hours for serving alcohol is not a blanket 01.00am, but 12 midnight on Sundays to Thursdays and 01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays, with slight differences on Bank Holidays, etc,. Can PTC Planning Committee members not be bothered to check the facts ?

    I am somewhat surprised that Cllrs Humphrey and Cuddy didn’t just take the decision on the recommendation by themselves, as in the application for a restaurant in the basement of the old British Legion Club, but that’s just another planning ‘mishap’ it seems.

    I hope now and in fairness to all similar businesses in the town, that they are all granted a blanket 01.00am licence and we can become known as Party Town Penarth !

  3. Grey local says:

    I wonder did the labour club canvas local residents regarding their proposal to extend their hours. I suspect not. The late night noise levels have increased over the last few years with loud voiced people staggering down the streets in this area, where there are many very young children sleeping, until 130 am on a regular basis. Local pubs and clubs seem to be the logical suspects. So perhaps the club could bear that in mind.

  4. john64 says:

    So, some town councillors are members of the Labour Club. Good for them but were they present at the council meeting when these proposed opening hours were discussed? If so, did they declare an interest and take no part in the debate?
    As for Mr. Rapier, well, now we know shopping in the Co-Op funds the Labour and Co-Operative Party. Tories of Penarth don’t shop there!

  5. Sue@56 says:

    whoever would want to be in the Penarth Labour club until 2.00 am. It’s a dump.

    • Peter Church says:

      A dump but cheap beer!
      If it’s a choice between a park bench and the Penarth Labour club, I know which one I would take. 🙂

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