Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing of Alcohol and Gambling Sub-Committee
Thursday, 19th December, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To confirm the minutes from the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2019 were confirmed by the members present and then signed by the Chairman.

 

2.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence. 

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests

4.

Premises Licence application under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee were required to consider an application for a premises licence for the following premises:


Cedar
Church Road
Potten End
Berkhamsted
Herts
HP4 2QY

 

The Chairman introduced herself, the members on the Sub-Committee and the officers present.

 

The Chairman asked the members of the Sub-Committee to confirm that they had read the agenda. The members of the committee confirmed they had.  

 

The Chairman asked S Mcdonald if the legal requirements had been complied with and S Mcdonald confirmed they had.

 

The Chairman asked S Mcdonald if she had anything to add to the report.

S Mcdonald said the hearing was to consider a variation of a premises licence at Cedar Village Store and Café, Church Road, Potten End.

 

The premises had a current premises licence which authorised off sales of alcohol between 7am and 9:30pm seven days a week, which matched the premises opening hours.  The variation application sought to continue off sales at the amended hours of 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 4pm on Sundays.  The initial variation also sought to authorise alcohol sales for consumption on the premises in the café area between noon and closing time.

 

One representation was received in respect of the application during the consultation period, from the proprietor of a local business in the village.  Much of the content of this representation did not relate to the potential impact of the grant on the licensing objectives and therefore had to be disregarded, but some relevant concerns were raised, in particular capacity levels, noise nuisance from removal of increased waste from the premises, and the presence of unaccompanied children in the premises when on sales were taking place.  This representation was set out at Annex D1 on page 36, and the sections deemed to be relevant were highlighted in bold.  The applicant responded by addressing the relevant issues, and these were set out in Annex D2 on page 39.  The objector confirmed that he still had concerns and that the Sub-Committee should decide the application.

 

As a result of a query raised in the representation about the actual timings for on sales, the applicant submitted an amendment to the application to confirm that the requested hours for on sales of alcohol would be from noon until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and noon until 4pm on Sundays, and only to customers seated in the café. 

 

Mediation was offered between the two parties.  However, the objector declined a face to face meeting, and had also notified the Licensing Team that he was unable to attend the hearing today.

 

The Sub-Committee were considering only the amendment to hours and the request to add the provision of on sales to the premises licence.  The sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises was already an authorised activity and therefore could be considered.  When considering the application the Sub-Committee should have regard for all written and oral submissions, Dacorum Borough Council’s Licensing Policy, and relevant sections of Section 182 Guidance issued by the Home  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.