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Bethesda bar and brewery in Gwynedd granted new licence subject to noise controls

Cwrw Ty Mo, on Bethesda High Street

A BETHESDA bar and micro brewery has been granted an updated premises licence subject to them implementing noise controls.

Gwynedd Council’s central licensing sub-committee approved the application for Cwrw Ty Mo at Rhes Ogwen, on the High Street, at its meeting yesterday [Wednesday].

The applicant – Morgan Vallely – had requested permission to sell alcohol on and off the premises until midnight seven days a week and to hold indoor and outdoor entertainment until 11pm every day.

The applicant’s intention was to operate the venue as a brewery and bar, for which a premises licence already existed for the premises, but a new application had now been made.

There would be “no increase in the hours of licensable activities,” the application stated, but the applicant had requested the right to hold licensable activities later than the current licence allowed, but not open until lunchtime.

There had been no objections from North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service nor the local council member.

However, representations had been received on the application and the matter had been sent to a hearing of the sub-committee for a decision.

The public protection service had emailed observations based on the fact that “sufficient measures” would be needed to be taken by the applicant to “ensure compliance with the licensing objective of preventing public nuisance”.

“The service had no objection to the application,” it stated.

But it had expressed “concern about the additional late hours for the licensable activities, such as regulated entertainment considering the fact that a flat was above and either side of the brewery and pub”.

The effectiveness of the building structure in terms of soundproofing these dwellings from the impact of music noise was also raised.

The officer had recommended specific noise conditions to be included on the premises’ operating schedule, in addition to conditions proposed by the applicant.

Among a list of measures recommended by the applicant was measures to control noise by taking steps to soundproof the structure from noise, manage noise level and hold licensable activities at reasonable times to avoid nuisance.

Other recommendations by the applicant had included included staff training, a comprehensive age verification processes and background checks on staff working in the licensed premises.

They also proposed measures to prevent crime and disorder to ensure public safety and the safety of children and vulnerable adults, collaboration with the police and other agencies, ensuring compliance with safety regulations relevant to licensed premise, clear safety and emergency processes for staff, regular inspection of structures and equipment and risk assessments.

The measures proposed had also included ensuring that the number of customers were “managed to ensure acceptable behaviour”.

Age verification processes would also be carried out.

The application noted: “Written confirmation was received from the applicant noting that he accepted the proposed conditions, and it was stated that there was no intention to hold live entertainment evenings more than once a month, with live music finishing at 10pm.”

Gwynedd Council stated, after the hearing: “In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, it was resolved to approve the application, subject to including additional noise control conditions recommended by the Public Protection Officer in accordance with what was agreed with the applicant.”