Agenda and draft minutes
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The sub-committee received a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) concerning an application by Elsewhere Spaces Ltd for the grant of a Premises Licence at Elsewhere Spaces Ltd, 1 Grove End, Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2HB. The application sought the provisions of live & recorded music, the supply of alcohol for the consumption on & off the premises and the provision of late-night refreshment on and off the premises from Mondays to Sundays (inclusive) from 10:00hrs – 00:00hrs.
The application was presented by the Mr Peter Conisbee, the Applicants’ Licensing Consultant. Ms Jane Whiting (Owner) and Mr Oliver Barnes (Designated Premises Supervisor and Manager) were also in attendance.
The sub-committee noted that no letters of objection to this application had been received from any of the Responsible Authorities, although several amendments to the licence conditions which formed part of the licence application had been agreed between the Applicant and the Licensing Authority should the application be granted. These conditions were set out in Appendix 2 to the report of the Council’s Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment).
Four (4) valid representations had however, been received from residents, objecting to the application. The sub-committee noted that the applicant had written to the residents to addressing their concerns. As a result, one (1) resident withdrew their representation but wished that his concerns remained on file in case there were future issues. Two (2) residents had responded stating that their representation objecting to the proposal remained. No response had, however, been received from the remaining objector to this application.
None of the objectors attended the hearing. The sub-committee was informed, however, that Mrs Heyburn had wanted to attend the meeting to present her objection, but due to the re-arrangement of her daughter’s graduation, had been prevented from doing so. A representative appointed to speak on her behalf was also unable to attend the meeting. Copies of all the representations were provided and considered in full by the sub-committee.
The objections/representations essentially related to the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance. In particular, the concerns related to the potential increase of noise and disturbance by loud music and patrons of the premises to residents in the residential streets behind the premises and in the vicinity later into the night, every day. Residents had experienced such disturbance from the premises under the previous licence holders and from other premises in the vicinity. The hours sought should be restricted to 22.00 hrs on weekdays and perhaps to 23.00 hrs on Thursdays to Sundays only. The need for such another premises at this location was also raised, with a suggestion that a daytime café be authorised instead.
The need for licensed premises is not a matter for the sub-committee to consider. In accordance with the guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003, the premises are not responsible for the management of the behaviour of customers once they are beyond the direct management of the licence holder and their staff. The behaviour ... view the full minutes text for item 855.