Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 9th September, 2015 2.30 pm

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

Contact: Angela Guest, Senior Business Support Officer  Tel: 020 8770 5122 | Email:  anglea.guest@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

18.

ELECTION OF CHAIR

Minutes:

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

 

19.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

20.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 August 2015.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 19 August 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

21.

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE - HEARINGS PROCEDURE pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

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

22.

LICENCE APPLICATION - 15/00649/LAPREM - FOOD SHOP, 306 HIGH STREET, SUTTON SM1 1PQ pdf icon PDF 99 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered an application for a licence in respect of the above premises.  The applicant, the applicant’s proposed DPS, the applicant’s representatives 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. 

 

Public Health had objected to the application based on the Cumulative Impact Policy as the premises was situated in the Sutton Town Centre cumulative impact zone which sought to discourage further density of licensed premises that would result in cumulative impact.  Public Health submitted that excessive alcohol consumption increased the risk of harm.  Public Health submitted that the Sutton Central Ward had the highest proportion of ambulance calls outs as well as a high number of call outs to the police for anti social behaviour and drink driving.

 

The applicant’s representative asked several detailed questions, regarding details of the figures used in the Public Health responsible authority’s representation, which could not be answered.

 

The Police had objected to the licence application due to the level of alcohol related crime and public disorder in the particular area surrounding the premises.  The applicant had acknowledged the cumulative impact policy and had volunteered 22 conditions to be applied, but the Police considered that these as drafted were unlikely to solve the issues apparent in the locality.  Victoria Gardens and The Green had a long history of problems regarding anti social behaviour and street drinking.  The park was a designated area where alcohol was not allowed to be drunk in the open, where there was associated antisocial behaviour.  Sgt Withersby described his efforts to address antisocial behaviour arising from street drinking on The Green and Victoria Gardens and his efforts to address it with local businesses that had used elsewhere but which did not address the problem in this locality.  Sgt Withersby remained of the view that the granting of this Premises Licence as submitted would add to cumulative impact problems and also be a drain on resources.

 

In response to questions the Police Licensing Officer agreed that anti social behaviour incident numbers were down across the borough arising from the use of the CIP but that there were hot spots although in the last year there had been one fixed penalty notice in this immediate area. Sgt Withersby also stated that the reason the Police had not objected to the original application was explained in his submission.

 

Councillor Vincent Galligan, Sutton Central Ward, had objected to the application due to it being in the cumulative impact zone and suggested that there were enough outlets selling alcohol in this area.

 

The applicant’s representative was questioned about the Liberal Democrat view on the formulation of the CIP and was told that whilst there was a policy, that every application was viewed on its merits.  Councillor Galligan also explained that he had not made any calls to the Environmental Health Team or the Police this year about the area around the premises but had made about  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

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