Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 8th June, 2015 2.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

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            Resolved: That Councillor Mary Burstow be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.



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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2015.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.





The Chair drew attention to the Council’s procedure to be followed at the meeting.



Report of the Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities on an application for a premises licence, and the representations relating thereto.

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The Sub-Committee considered an application for a licence in respect of the above premises.  The applicant’s representative and persons who had made representations were present.  The Sub-Committee heard the application, and the persons who had made representations and the applicant’s representative addressed the meeting. 


The applicants had requested an adjournment to seek legal representation but were happy to proceed with the hearing.


Sergeant Withersby who had made representations objected on the grounds that the premises falls within the Sutton High Street Cumulative Impact Zone and that grant of the application would add to the existing cumulative problems of anti-social behaviour and public nuisance. The applicant had not demonstrated that their operation would not add to the existing cumulative impact of the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder and the prevention of public nuisance.  Sutton High Street in particular experiences high levels of anti social behaviour and public nuisance created by patrons drawn to the late night economy, namely licensed premises selling alcohol and the subsequent late night refreshment and consumption of fast food by patrons who are potentially intoxicated. A section 35 Dispersal Order is required every weekend in the Town Centre. He was of the opinion that the applicant had not addressed these issues or the licensing objectives.  He had met with the applicant to discuss the application but neither the applicant nor his wife showed an understanding of what was required to promote the licensing objectives.  There was disparity between the late night licence application and opening hours.  The applicant had not given much thought to the number of tables and chairs in the venue and how they could be used to cause problems.  The food offered is freshly prepared and would therefore take longer to serve customers which in turn would lead to frustration.  There was concern that only one door staff was proposed as there was open access to the kitchen area and if there was any trouble at the front of house the only exit for staff would be through the crowd and the area inside the premises being quite extensive, allowing 20-30 persons to be inside. As per paragraph 4.10 of the Council’s Licensing Policy the “need” for a licensed premises was not a matter for the licensing authority.


Members of the Sub-Committee and the parties present asked questions and received replies.  


The Environmental Health Officer who had made a representation objected on the ground that an additional takeaway would add to existing problems of litter in the area which is a Saturation Zone.  In particular, the area had a lot of private land that was subject to much littering from take-away wrappings/cartons and fly tipping and being private land was not within the Council’s control or covered by it’s cleaning regime.


The Applicant’s representative reported that the Applicant had met with the police and had not realised that that meeting would be used to object to the application. The Applicant stated that he would be serving heated sandwiches for takeaway  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.