Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest
Councillor Borton declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of this application on the grounds that one of the objectors was known to her as a member of the Labour Party.
The sub-committee received a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) concerning an application by Jason Richard Rogers for the grant of a Premises Licence at 148-150 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7LN.
The application was presented by Mr Graham Hopkins (the Applicants’ Licensing Consultant). One of the Applicant’s, Mr Saam Balasingam was in attendance and gave evidence. Prior to the commencement of the hearing the Applicants’ Licensing Consultant submitted some additional conditions should the application be granted.
The sub-committee noted that no letters of objection to this application had been received from any of the Responsible Authorities, however, measures had been agreed between the Police and the Applicant, should the application be granted. These were included in Appendix 2 to the report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment). The application was also amended by the Applicant after consultation with Essex Police, so as to reduce the licensable hours originally sought from 06.00 to 00.00 daily to 07.00 to 23.00 daily.
Eleven (11) representations were received from local residents objecting to the application. Three (3) of those subsequently withdrew their representation following communication with the Applicants’ licensing consultant. One of the objectors, Ms Rebecca Barnett attended the meeting and gave evidence.
Their objections/representations related to all four of the licensing objectives. The concerns were primarily the potential of anti-social behaviour from intoxicated persons; the number of beggars and thefts particularly at the supermarkets in the vicinity; the naming of the premises as “Booze Corner” and the location of the premises is in close proximity to a residential area with young children. Other concerns related to the need of another premises selling alcohol in an area already well served by such premises, the potential designation of the section of road as a Conservation Area, parking congestion and traffic and highways safety issues.
The need for licensed premises and the rationale for making the application are not matters for the sub-committee to consider and the issues of highways and parking are essentially matters for planning. The sub-committee heard that there had been no record of incidents of crime and disorder at the premises nor at any of the other premises managed by the Applicant and that the police had not objected to the application.
At the hearing, the Applicant agreed to further amend the application to reduce the hours the premises were open to the public to 07.00 to 23.00 daily so that it would now be commensurate with the permitted licensing hours. The name “Booze Corner” would not be used for the premises.
The sub-committee noted that the plan was slightly inaccurate as the area of the premises to be licensed was not clearly illustrated on the plan attached to application. The plan also did not clearly illustrate the location of the CCTV cameras.
On the basis of the evidence presented to it, the sub-committee did not consider that the promotion of the licensing objectives would be undermined by the granting of the application, subject to the ... view the full minutes text for item 899.