Agenda and draft minutes
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Contact: Tim Row - Principal Committee Officer
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The sub-committee received a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) concerning an application by Mad Dog & Englishmen Interiors Ltd for the grant of a Premises Licence at Mad Dogs & Englishmen Interior Ltd, 1349-1353 London Road, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 2AB.
The application was presented by the Applicant, Ms Gill Hazell (Director) and Mr Justin Hazell (Designated Premises Supervisor).
The sub-committee noted that no letters of objection to this application had been received from any of the Responsible Authorities
Eleven (11) representations in total had been received from local residents, objecting to the application. Three (3) of these representations were, however, not accepted by the Licensing Authority for the following reasons:
a) One (1) was invalid as it did not refer/relate to any of the four licensing objectives;
b) One (1) did not want their address passed on, nor published; and
c) One (1) was received after the expiration of the consultation process.
One (1) of the representations was withdrawn prior to the commencement of the hearing. Six (6) of the objectors, namely Mr & Mrs Fleetwood, Mr & Mrs Harris, Mr Bewick and Ms Pickering, attended the hearing and gave evidence.
The objections/representations related to concerns of noise and public nuisance, particularly, the noise and disturbance of patrons attending and leaving the premises, and the protection of children from harm, given the close proximity of the premises to a local school. Other issues that were questioned the need for a licensed premises/cocktail bar until 10.00 p.m. daily at this location, the fear of anti-social behaviour and disturbance from intoxicated patrons and the potential of the premises being converted into a bar in the future, parking in residential streets.
The need for licensed premises is not a matter for the sub-committee to consider. The sub-committee noted that there were other licensed premises in proximity to the schools in the area with longer operating hours. The sub-committee also heard that patrons would not be able to drink outside the premises and would only be able to smoke at the front of the premises in London Road. A doorperson/concierge would be able to manage the front of house. There was no intention to change the business to a bar/club but would remain a predominantly afternoon tea business with themed events. The licence was being sought to enable alcohol to be served as part of the offer to customers, in line with other similar afternoon tea businesses. Patrons were currently permitted to bring their own alcohol for consumption on the premises. There had also been several temporary events held at the premises under temporary event notices and there had no recorded incidents/complaints about the premises. The premises had a good relationship with the local community and always tried to address any issues of concern.
During the hearing and in response to resident’s concerns, the Applicants agreed to amend the application reducing the timing of licensable activities sought and the times the premises would be open to the public to now be as follows:-
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