Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 2.30 pm

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

Contact: Aimee Wittams-Smith, Senior Business Support Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4171 | Email:  aimee.wittams-smith@sutton.gov.uk

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No. Item

7.

ELECTION OF CHAIR

Minutes:

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

8.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

9.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 2016.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meetings held on 15 June 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

10.

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE - HEARINGS PROCEDURE pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

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

 

11.

LICENCE APPLICATION - 16/00936/LAPREM - 47/51 Oldfields Road, London SM1 2NB pdf icon PDF 208 KB

The premises holds a licence for the provision of late night refreshment until 01.00 (on the mornings following) Monday through Sunday.

 

The applicant seeks to vary the licence to extend the hours for the provision of late night refreshment until 05.00 (on the mornings following) Monday through Sunday. This will authorise the premises to trade 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered an application for a licence in respect of the above premises. The applicant’s representative and persons were present. The Sub-Committee heard the application, presented by Nick Cloke (Lead Officer - Licensing). The application had received one representation, as outlined in the report.

 

Ben Williams, Barrister from Shoosmith’s LLP, made submissions on behalf of the applicant. He wished to emphasise that the application had been thoroughly considered during the planning and preparation in order to ensure that it would not cause any issues should it be granted. He referred to the absence of interest from the Police and local residents. He indicated that the applicant had always demonstrated willingness to work with the authorities, and that they had agreed the proposed CCTV security system paid for by the business as part of a pledge with the Police, he highlighted that this would increase safety in the area. He believed that the concerns raised by the objectors about “boy-racers” and anti-social behaviour had no current evidence to back them up and regarded them as a “fear of the unknown”. He addressed concerns raised about increased littering, stating that the business will have their own staff litter patrols scheduled to collect litter from the streets, even where it is evident that the litter does not come from the restaurant’s customers.

 

Councillor Heron raised further concerns about the amount of McDonalds litter evident in the area, by the Tesco store and nearby Wickes store. Mr Williams confirmed that McDonald’s could work on ensuring that the area receives particular attention during the litter patrols. Paul Donlevey (Licensing Manager, McDonalds) and Daniel Owen (Business Manager, McDonald’s) went on to highlight schemes that they have in the local area to address litter, and Ben Williams proposed that three litter patrols would be carried out per day. Councillor Marlene Heron raised concerns about customers throwing litter into surrounding gardens and Daniel Owen confirmed that there would be a minimum of 10 staff on the premises during the proposed additional hours, and that they would be alert to this kind of behaviour.

 

Councillor Jean Crossby asked whether the CCTV cameras were interconnected, and as such whether an issue with one could mean that all were affected, therefore losing security across the whole site. Ben Williams confirmed that the cameras were all linked to the same system, however any damage to a camera would be fixed by their maintenance provider within 24 hours, with issues that would affect safety requiring a 4 hour window. Murat Ocalan (Operations Consultant, Area Manager, McDonald’s) went on to inform the committee that he had never seen such issues in the time he had worked in his role. Paul Donlevey responded to further concerns about anti-social behaviour, informing the committee that staff monitor the safety in the area. This was followed by a discussion regarding “boy racers” being attracted to other local car parks.

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12.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business brought forward.