Threatened Cardiff Chinese restaurant gets three-week reprieve as it fights noise case that could force it to close

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A Cantonese restaurant threatened with closure is hoping to use a three-week court adjournment to fight claims of noise and odour.

The Chim family, who own The Summer Palace restaurant in Llandaff, were due to appear in Cardiff Magistrates’ Court this morning facing prosecution for environmental health offences.

The council’s prosecution follows a complaint from a neighbour in a property next door who lodged a complaint relating to noise and smell from the restaurant.

The restaurant faces a charge relating to failing to comply with an abatement notice but the hearing has now been adjourned until February 13.




The family-run business has been serving customers for 32 years since it opened on Llandaff High Street in 1988.

It is believed that the complaint was lodged by neighbours Sir Gary Hickinbottom and his wife Georgina Caroline Hickinbottom, who bought the £520,000 property in 2016.

Cardiff council brought charges under section 80 of the Environmental Prosecution Act 1990.

This allows for a business to be fined if it fails to comply with an abatement notice.

The possible closure of the restaurant has provoked an enormous amount of support from the local community.

Councillor Sean Discroll said he was working to find a solution that everyone would accept.

He said: “It is our job to support our local High St and having been small business owners, we understand the pressures they face. We will do everything we can to achieve this. 

“With my colleague Councillor Pip Hill-John, we will be working with The Summer Palace on an action plan to address the problems that led to the court case.

“There is a solution to this and we intend to work with council officers to find a satisfactory outcome that is acceptable to all.”



Summer Palace has been open on Llandaff High street since 1988




As well as fellow businesses in the area, First Minister Mark Drakeford and Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan have written a joint letter backing The Summer Palace.

The letter says since the Chim family have been faced with closure there has been an “outpouring of support from the community.

“We understand that Mr Chim has already gone to extensive lengths – and costs – to ensure that his business has as little impact as possible on the restaurant’s neighbours.

“We are keen to see a resolution to this matter which allows the Summer Palace to continue trading.”

A number of people have backed the restaurant on social media including former Wales rugby international Jonathan Davies.

Local Councillor Sean Driscoll said the chinese is a “vital” part of the High Street.

He said: “Everyone has the right to the quiet peaceful enjoyment of their home, whether it’s their main home or second home.

“If a complaint is made, it’s also right that these complaints are investigated as the council are duty bound to do so.

“Mr Chim and his family have worked hard for decades to establish their business. Llandaff is a vibrant High Street, and The Summer Palace is a vital part of its continued success.






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