Welsh first minister joins fight to save Chinese restaurant

Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford has joined the fight to help save a Chinese restaurant in Llandaff, Cardiff, from closure.

Drakeford and fellow MP Kevin Brennan have penned a joint letter calling for the family-run Summer Palace restaurant to remain open after it has been threatened with closure over environmental health offences under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The owner of Summer Palace is due at Cardiff Magistrate Court on Thursday 23 January over complaints from neighbours Sir Gary and Georgina Hickinbottom, who bought the property in 2016, over loud noises and the smell of the cooking coming from the restaurant.

However Drakeford and Brennan have called for the restaurant to remain open saying Summer Palace is a “very popular family-run business” has become a “staple” of the local high street.

They warned that any future costs “will threaten the future of the business” and added they are “keen to see a resolution to this matter which allows the Summer Palace to continue trading”.

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