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.
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) 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” .
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. ]