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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2015
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2015 were confirmed by the members present and then signed by the Chairman.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest
A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -
(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent
and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial
(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.
A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.
Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members
[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting].
There were no declarations of interests.
The Sub-Committee were required to consider a licence application for the following premises:
The Chairman asked the members of the Sub-Committee to confirm that they had read the agenda. Councillors Barnes and Conway confirmed they had read the documents at hand.
The Chairman asked the members of the Sub-Committee if they had visited the premises. Councillors Barnes and Conway said they knew of the premises but had not been inside.
The Chairman asked the officers if they had anything to add to the report.
S Taylor explained that the Sub-Committee had before them an application for the grant of a new premises licence for Euro Supermarket Hemel Ltd, Unit 4, 160 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, and the application was set out on page 12 of the agenda. She advised that the applicant and the person who had made a representation had both been invited to attend and address the meeting but no response had been received from the objector. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out at paragraph 4.1 of the agenda. She reminded the Sub-Committee that any steps taken were to be considered appropriate in order to promote one or more of the licensing objectives, and clear reasons should be given to explain why any decision was reached.
The Chairman asked if the licence were to be granted but the applicant were to not then -occupy the premises, would the applicant be able to retain the licence for another premise. S Taylor replied that a premises licence is not portable, and would be valid for this premises only.
The Chairman asked the officers if the surrounding premises had similar opening hours. S Taylor advised there were a few premises in the vicinity that remained open until 2am.
Mrs Cretu said they would happily consider any additions or adjustments to the licence conditions.
The Chairman said she visited the shop yesterday and it didn’t look like any work had been carried out. She asked when they were planning to start work there. Mrs Cretu explained that it was subject to the licence being granted and if it were to be granted they would open in approximately one month.
Mrs Cretu and the officers withdrew from the meeting whilst the Sub-Committee considered the application.
The Sub-Committee took into account that the proposed premise was located in a town centre, in close proximity to a variety of other types of licensed premises, with comparable types of premises offering similar opening hours.
The Sub-Committee did not feel that the proposed activities would present an undue detrimental effect to the promotion of the Licensing Objectives, and therefore felt it would be appropriate to grant the application as applied for.