The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now published details of the extension of hours granted to the St Fagans Castle pub in Penarth Town Centre .
The pub’s landlords Mr. Harry Lonnkvist and Mr. Marcus Mulot had applied for a variation of the pub’s “Premises Licence” at 114 Glebe Street.
At the licensing hearing the Vale Council’s Licensing Officers spelled out the four objectives governing the issuance of licence variations which are:-
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- Public Safety
- The prevention of public nuisance
- The protection of children from harm.
The St Fagan’s current Premises Licence had been issued on 4th July, 2017 but in April this year the pub had applied for a “variation”. This asked for:-
- The closing time for the sale of alcohol and playing of music to be extended to 02.00 AM on Friday and Saturdays to 02.00 (currently 01.00).
- It also asked for closing time on Bank Holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Christmas Eve to be extended to 02.30 AM (currently 01:30) .
- Permission was also sought to extend “all Opening Hours to 30 minutes after the termination of Licensable Activities.”
- And to extend the “terminal hour for the playing of recorded music on New Year’s Eve to 04.00 AM (currently 03.00). [ The St Fagans has what’s called a “grandfather right” which allows it to remain open for the sale of alcohol for a continuous period of 36 hours over New Year’s Eve. ]
The council’s Environmental Health Officer reported that there had been 4 noise-related complaints since the previous extension to the hours [made in 2017] . Two complaints had been received in 2017, followed by an additional two in 2018, and the Committee was informed that a 5th complaint was “still ongoing”.
The environmental officer had visited the centre of Penarth on Friday 11th May 2018 at 23:20 . A disco being held at the St Fagans “could clearly be heard outside”.
The officer said the “background noise” in the centre of Penarth was very low after midnight (27 decibels) and even lower after 01:00 hours (25 decibels). She pointed out that the St Fagans – although in a retail area, was also “very close to residential areas”. She pointed out that the Victorian building “only had single glazing, which could not be changed due to the premises location in a conservation area, and the front door of the double door entrance was always open”.
The applicant Mr Mark Mulot said in his evidence that the outer door to the property had to remain open as having both doors shut would be a fire risk.
The Environmental Health Officer however said that “the building was not suitable for the usage requested in the extension to the licence, and it would be difficult to apply mitigating conditions.”
The licensing panel considered 2 written representations opposing the proposed extension attached and at Appendix D to the report, and 3 letters from local residents produced by the landlord which were written in support of the application – stating that “St. Fagan’s Castle” did not cause them sleeping problems.
The applicant, Mr. Mark Mulot told the licensing sub-committee that the request to extend the operating hours of St. Fagan’s Castle was “in response to new venues in the locality that hosted regulated entertainment” and “stay open later”.
Mr. Mulot said he was “aware of noise complaints made against his premises and was committed to tackling the issue. ” He told the committee that his staff were “ now using decibel measuring applications on their phones” and that “security arrangements” had been updated.
Mr Mulot said he was ” trying to do the best he could to run a business in a very tough market by hybridising a traditional pub. ” Mr Mulot said it was “not his intention to disturb residents, but to work with the community to rectify any received objections” and declared that he was “always available to help”.
On the issue of noise, the Vale licensing committee decided to overrule the objections of the Environmental Officer. Committee members said that “although there was evidence of some noise complaints, these were not significant enough to refuse the application.”
On the issue of antisocial behaviour at the St Fagans Castle, Mr Mulot – who is Chairman of PubWatch, Penarth, said that he would be would be installing CCTV as part of the conditions of the application and assured the licensing sub committee that he took his position as licence holder “very seriously”.
Mark Mulot told the panel it was “unfair to say that the police were frequently called to the premises” . Police, he said, were only called every “couple of months”
The licensing committee resolved to approve the proposed variation in the St Fagan’s licence but added the following conditions:-
- A CCTV system to be installed to the standard acceptable to South Wales Police.
- CCTV images to be made available to South Wales Police and Licensing Officers and be kept for 31 days.
- No opened drinks to be taken outside the premises.
- All other mandatory conditions as detailed in the Applicant’s Operating Schedule.