Pub plans to extend hours

Residents have raised concerns about a north Pembrokeshire pub’s plans to extend its opening hours.

Gerald Parry of Shamrock, Fishguard Square, has submitted an application to extend the premises’ licence on Fridays and Saturdays to allow alcohol and food to be sold, and recorded music to be played until 2am, with a 2.30am closing time.

He stated: “The premises has been licensed since May 16 2013 and is now in a position where longer hours are felt necessary.”

Cllr Pat Davies said she had received ‘numerous enquiries’ about the proposal from people throughout the local community, and wrote to the committee to voice her objections.

She said: “Local residents find it unacceptable that this licence should be extended to the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.”

Cllr Davies added that local residents already experienced levels of noise nuisance, which would be added to by extending the pub’s hours.

Other local residents raised concerns about noise, potential crime and disorder in the surrounding area, and the proximity of the Irish themed pub to the young people’s organisation Point.

A couple who run a nearby business stated: “Rather than keeping the youths in Fishguard, this would attract mischief seekers into Fishguard and destroy any work of polite living in society made by many organisations in Fishguard.”

A local hotel owner said: “The pub closing times are always noisy – and you may say a ‘street party’ in High Street starts then. To have this ‘street party’ extended by one hour is unbearable for my clients who need a good night’s sleep.”

The application is due to be discussed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing Sub-committee on Tuesday morning.

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