Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 26th June, 2017 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Davena Palmer, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

ELECTION OF CHAIR

Minutes:

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

 

 

2.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made.

 

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2017.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2017 2017 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

4.

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.

5.

LICENCE APPLICATION - 5870/16/00988/LAPREM - The Greek Vine, 24-25 Ross Parade, Wallington, SM6 8QF pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report of the Assistant Director, EHR Directorate, Safer and Stronger Communities on an application for a premises licence, and the representations relating thereto.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Rebecca Whelton, Licensing Officer, presented the report.

 

Members asked for clarification on how long the restaurant had been operating, the volume level and decibels limit. The Licensing Officer explained that the restaurant had been operating since November 2016 and that there were no set volume limits currently on the restaurant and accepted decibel levels varied from premise to premise.

 

John Sibson, Environmental Protection Officer, addressed the committee with his representation. The main points raised were:-

  • Since investigation into the restaurant a number of noise nuisance complaints were received and environmental notices served
  • Sound insulation has since been installed and no further noise complaints have been received.
  • Normally an acoustic survey would be commissioned to prove the noise reduction before and after the works undertaken. This had not been provided in this case.
  • Two conditions had been recommended in his written representation,the first an acoustic survey and the second a sound limiting device.  As sound insulation had been installed, the first condition was no longer necessary.

Members asked for clarification regarding the noise reducing measures. The Environmental Protection Officer explained that sound insulation had been added to the ceiling, the restaurant had an acoustic lobby, and curtains had been installed, but they give limited protection.

 

Objectors Danny Colverton and Emmanuel Rapinett addressed the committee with their representations. The main issues raised were:-

  • Noise nuisance was at its worst around Christmas and New Years
  • Sounds of a DJ, plate smashing and shouting comes through the floor from 9pm onwards to 12:30 - 1:30am
  • Unable to enjoy any social activities at home
  • Noise disturbs sleep even through earplugs

 

Members asked whether there had been any improvement since the sound insulation had been installed and whether there had been any issues with anti-social behaviour. The Objectors responded that they had not heard anything in the past 4 weeks and there were some issues with people taking up to an hour leaving the restaurant in a disruptive manner.    

 

The Chair asked for legal clarification regarding the difference between restaurants that do play music and serve alcohol against those that don’t. Saima Khan, Legal Advisor, advised that there was not a set definition in law and explained that conditions can be set to only serve alcohol in conjunction with food, but this was not exercised on every license.

 

Simon Woodhead, the applicant, requested the results of sound recording equipment used to monitor the restaurant by residents from upstairs. The Environmental Protection Officer said he would confirm whether the results and playback were downloadable and in format that could be shared with the applicant.  

 

Simon Woodhead the applicant addressed the committee with his representation. The main points raised were:-

  • It is a family restaurant
  • Facilitates cultural Mediterranean dancing
  • Not a nightclub or a disco as there is no allocated dance area

 

Members questioned what the general timetable was for the restaurant. The applicant explained that people tended to arrive at 19:30 - 20:00 on weekends, with dessert served until 23:00.

 

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6.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS,

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.