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Llandudno Hotel’s 24-hour drinking plans withdrawn

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PLANS for a 24-hour drinking licence at a Llandudno hotel appear to have been withdrawn after residents campaigned.

At a Conwy County Council licensing sub-committee hearing today (Thursday), residents slammed the One47 Group Limited’s plans to sell booze 24 hours a day to guests staying at the Llandudno Hotel on Church Walks.

The group, which owns 10 other businesses (pubs, bars, hotels, and nightclubs) in the area, also applied for a licence to supply alcohol to the public (non-hotel residents) between 9 am and 11 pm, opening until 11.59 pm.

But this led to residents fearing noise, anti-social behaviour, and late-night drinking in the area, and some locals said they already put up with drinkers urinating in alleys, stealing, and disturbance.

There were also concerns about hotel guests inviting large numbers of people back to the hotel for drinks, but the company said rooms were restricted to guests.

After listening to the residents’ concerns at the hearing at the council’s Bodlondeb HQ, One47 Group Limited’s operations manager, Callum, appeared to withdraw the application, instead opting to apply for a 9 am – 11 pm licence.

“Obviously we weren’t aware of the impact that it (the 24-hour licence) could have had on the residents,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve massively taken on board the concerns, and we are more than happy to walk away from that 24-hour licence after hearing your reasons and concerns.

“At the end of the day, we want to work with you guys and make sure you have a nice, peaceful area to live.”

But one unnamed objector said, ”I’m at a bit of a loss at why you didn’t apply for that (the 9 am – 11 pm licence) in the first place because this hearing could have been avoided.”

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The hearing will now be adjourned for up to five working days whilst the sub-committee considers the licensing application.

Although it wasn’t stated at the hearing, it now seems likely that the sub-committee will consider an application for a 9 am – 11 pm alcohol licence with conditions in place.