Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 10.30 am

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

Contact: Cathy Hayward, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:

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





There were no declarations of interest.



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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2018.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2018 were approved as a correct record, and signed by Councillor Moral.





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


Saima Khan, Legal officer, reminded the sub committee that the hearing concerned the variation of a licence and therefore they should only consider representations and information relevant to that being sought specifically in relation to the variation requested.


The Chair asked the applicant, agent and those who had made representations and requested to speak at the meeting, if they would agree to the order of the speakers being altered with the applicant and agent presenting first, followed by those making representations.


Attendees of the meeting agreed that the order of the hearing be amended as above.





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

Additional documents:


Rebecca Whelton, Environmental Protection Officer (Licensing), presented the report.


Mr Taylor, agent for the applicant, addressed the meeting and raised the points:

  • The provision of music is not included as a part of this application.
  • There are pubs in the local area which serve alcohol later than The Palmerston. If the additional opening hours were permitted this would not make The Palmerston the latest opening pub in its local area.
  • The applicant has worked with the Police to ensure they do not have concerns about the premises. There has been no representation from the Police made to the hearing.
  • There have been no objections from any of the Responsible Authorities. The initial representation made by the Environmental Health team was withdrawn as the team were satisfied by the adjustments made to the applicants operating schedule.
  • The application includes a request for the addition of a servery for food and drink in the rear garden area but the area would not include entertainment such as music.
  • If the request for the variation to hours for serving alcohol is granted, the applicant would include the condition that the rear garden area would be cleared for drinking by 22.00.
  • The request to extend the hours of the sale of  alcohol would be used on Friday and Saturday.
  • The extension of hours for the sale of  alcohol would not be used regularly Sunday to Thursday but  would allow flexibility if an event was held on those days.
  • The front terrace would close at 23.00 for drinking and would only be used for smoking after 23.00.
  • The addition of late night refreshment in the application would be to allow tea and coffee to be served after 23.00.
  • The application has requested removal of the dated embedded conditions and would include a reduction in hours of permitted sales of alcohol on New Year’s day.

Members asked what time the music finished on the day of the opening event at The Palmerston (25 May) to which the applicant responded that the music continued after 11pm, and he had on that occasion used a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to authorise the extension to usual permitted hours and activities.


It was enquired how staff at The Palmerston had addressed the concerns raised by local residents, to which the applicant responded that he had security staff on the door, cleared the garden at 10pm and closed windows and doors.       


Members asked about the hours when security staff are at the premises and the applicant responded that security staff are employed from 7pm until 11.20pm and they stay a little after closing time.  


Members questioned  how often the applicant is on site himself and he responded that he is at The Palmerston approximately 3 days per week and that there is a designated premises supervisor (DPS) who covers day-to-day issues at The Palmerston.


Members enquired about the opening hours of other pubs in the locality and the Environmental Protection Officer (Licensing) provided details of the current licensed hours of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.



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


There was no urgent business.