Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 9th March, 2016 2.30 pm

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

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RESOLVED: That Councillor Marlene Heron be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.





There were no declarations of interest.


MINUTES pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To approve as a correct record of the meeting held on 21 December 2015.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 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 and confirmed that those present were familiar with it.



LICENCE APPLICATION - REF 16/00049/LAPREM - The Centre, Milton Road, Wallington SM6 9RP pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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 and some of the persons who had made representations were present. The Sub-Committee heard the application, from the persons who had made representations present and the applicant addressed the meeting.


There were no representations from responsible authorities. 


Mrs Sue Lewis had objected to the application based on concerns that if the application was granted there would be increased problems with noise and an increase in litter. She felt that the hours that had been applied for could result in excessive consumption of alcohol and therefore result in associated problems such as violence. She stated that there had been a history of violence and noise at the property and pointed out that the applicant stated that the venue was vacated by 11.30pm however had applied for a licence until midnight. She also directed the committee to advertisement on the applicant’s website for hosting 18th and 21st birthday parties, whereas the applicant had claimed in the application that the venue was not available to this age group.


Mrs Natasha Tett had objected to the application based on concerns about increased noise. She described problems that lights and noise emanating from the venue had caused to her young daughter’s ability to sleep, and told the committee that the applicant had not responded to complaints in the past. She felt that although her family were aware of The Centre when they moved to the area, the use had changed significantly and was being run in a more business-like fashion than it had in the past.


David and Susan Withey had objected to the application based on concerns about noise and the change in use of the venue. They expressed concern about how frequently the disturbances would occur should the licence be granted.


The applicant, Paul Goldsmith, addressed the meeting. He told the committee that the application was for a family business that he had taken on as the church had been struggling financially and he had therefore invested a lot of his own money in to The Centre. He confirmed that The Centre would no longer be available for 18th and 21st birthday parties and that he did not intend for licensed events to be held every week. He also informed the committee that he had believed the premises to include the outdoor garden area, which it did not.


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


RESOLVED: That under section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and other members of the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 5 of schedule 12A of the Act, which would not be in the public interest.


The persons who had made representations, the applicant and the Council’s Licensing Officer then withdrew to enable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.



brought forward at the discretion of the Chair, who has approved the reason for the urgency.


There was no urgent business brought forward.