Agenda and minutes
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Appointment of Chairman
Resolved: That Cllr. Clark be appointed Chairman of the meeting.
Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.
The Hearing gave consideration to a report by the Chief Officer Environmental and Operational Services giving details of an application for a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003. It was noted that an objection had been received from the Parish Council and that accordingly the application had been referred to the Sub-Committee for determination.
The Chairman advised the hearing of a typographical error within the report: where Section L was referred to it should read ‘J’ and Section O should read ‘L’ respectively.
The Hearing heard from the applicant’s representative. He advised that on consideration of the objections raised by the Parish Council the applicant was prepared to offer amendments to the application and additional information to that already identified, on how the four licensing objectives would be met if the proposed application was granted. These included amendments to the variation applied for under Section J and L to provide for no sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, to amend the hours of sale of alcohol to 1700 until 2230 hours on Mondays to Saturdays and to amend opening hours to 1700 until 2300 hours on Mondays to Saturdays (no Sunday trading). The owners were also prepared to close their doors at 2100 hours and allow no new customers; advertise their opening hours as until 2100 hours only; have a zero tolerance drug policy with signage; allow no alcohol consumption for under 18s; have ‘leave quietly’ signage and request taxi companies to text on arrival in order to prevent customers waiting for long periods outside the restaurant.
In response to questions the applicant responded that no off sales would mean no alcohol sales with takeaway and sales on premises only in conjunction with food. He did not have the data to be able to advise how the split between takeaway and restaurant would be.
The Hearing heard from the objector who reaffirmed that the Parish Council’s main concern was with the hours. He explained that there was a concern that it was a creeping application, they were opposed on planning and licensing grounds as it was liable to be a public nuisance being open with alcohol until 11 p.m at night in a quiet residential area. Concerns were over potential increased crime, upset to residents in the area and setting a precedent that two other takeaways in the parade may follow. In response to a question he said that the Council had no evidence of public nuisance in the vicinity of the premises at the present time.
In summing up the applicant’s representative pointed out that no other objections had been received. The objector reaffirmed the Parish Council’s concern was with the hours.
At 10.54 the Hearing Members withdrew to consider the issues raised, with the Council’s Legal Advisor and Democratic Services Officer in attendance.
At 11.45 the Hearing Members, Council’s Legal Advisor and Democratic Services Officer returned to the Council Chamber.
The Chairman informed the Hearing that the Sub-Committee had had regard to the representations made ... view the full minutes text for item 3.