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Home / Latest News / A Cardiff petrol station wants to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

A Cardiff petrol station wants to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

A petrol station in Cardiff is likely to be granted permission to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week if it agrees to conditions set by South Wales Police.

Morrison Supermarkets has submitted an application for a change to its premises licence, which would allow it to sell booze 24 hours Monday to Sunday at M Fuel on Newport Road.

The application, which relates to the the petrol station at the supermarket’s branch near Avenue Retail Park in Penylan, will go before the council’s licencing sub-committee on Friday .

At present, the licence allows alcohol to be sold on the premises and consumed off the premises between 6am and midnight from Monday to Sunday.

South Wales Police has submitted an objection on the grounds of public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder.

But the force says it will withdraw the objection if Morrisons agree to comply with certain measures.

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The filling station is on the side of the Newport Road Morrisons
The filling station is on the side of the Newport Road Morrisons

The measures demanded by police are:

  • Security staff present between 10pm and 6am
  • Two members of supermarket staff must be on duty
  • No alcohol should be displayed within five metres of the entrance
  • CCTV operated at all times the premises are open to the public.

Other factors that must be considered by the sub-committee include the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Morrisons states in its application that it will use existing measures to address public safety and the other concerns raised.

A spokeswoman for Morrisons said the company had listened to its customers in the area

She added: “They said they would like the convenience of buying alcohol, along with other food and household products available at our petrol station mini markets, until later in the day.”

The spokeswoman said the company takes its responsibilities for the sale of alcohol “very seriously”.

She stressed they operate the Challenge 25 policy – asking for identification from anyone who doesn’t look over the age of 25 – and clearly display the policy in their stores.

The sub-committee will discuss the appropriateness of the hours and conditions of the licence.

It could grant the application, modify the conditions, or reject the whole or part of the application.

Councillor Jacqueline Parry will chair the meeting, with sub-committee members Coun Susan Goddard and Coun Kate Lloyd also due to attend.

They will also consider an application for a premises licence from Curado Bar at Guildhall Place.

Morrisons is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the UK, behind Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s, with its headquarters in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The licencing sub-committee meeting will take place at 10am on Friday, July 22 at City Hall.

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