Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Watford

Contact: Jodie Kloss/Alan Garside  Email: legalanddemocratic@watford.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

4.

Committee membership/ election of a Chair

Minutes:

The Committee and Scrutiny Support Officer confirmed that the sub-committee would comprise Councillors Fahmy, Hofman and Connal.

 

The sub-committee was asked to elect a Chair for the Hearing.

 

RESOLVED that –

 

Councillor Fahmy be elected Chair for the Hearing.

 

5.

Disclosure of interests (if any)

Minutes:

The Chair disclosed that he lived on the ward in which the premises were located but had no interest to declare in respect of the premises.  There were no other disclosures of interest.

 

6.

Application for a new premises licence: DKSR Supermarket, 164 Whippendell Road, Watford, WD18 7NB pdf icon PDF 121 KB

    Report of the Head of Community and Customer Services.

     

    This report asks the Sub-Committee to consider an application for a new premises licence following the receipt of representations.

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Preliminary matters

     

    There were no preliminary matters raised.

     

    Facts of the application

     

    The sub-committee received a report of the Head of Community and Customer Services.  The Senior Licensing Officer introduced the report. 

     

    The Senior Licensing Officer explained that the premises were not currently licensed and that the application was to allow the shop to trade as an off licence.  He drew the sub-committee’s attention to the table in paragraph 3.7 of the report detailing the proposed licensing hours.  The premises were located in a residential area and within a Sensitive Licensing Area.

     

    He explained that representations had been received from the Licensing Authority and from a local business – and these were shown at Appendices Five and Six of the report.  He was not aware of any additional material for the hearing.  It was not clear whether the interested party would be attending, but matters could be determined without their attendance.  As the representations were valid it would be for the sub-committee to determine what weight it attached to these representations.

     

    The Senior Licensing Officer explained that the premises had been licensed previously and the history of the premises was contained in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.12 of the report.  He advised the sub-committee that they had to consider the application put before them today.

     

    The Senior Licensing Officer informed the sub-committee that the application fell within a Sensitive Licensing Area under Policy LP4 of the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and of the implications of this, including that this policy was not a full cumulative impact policy.  He advised the sub-committee that an operating schedule had been submitted at Appendix Three of the report with a range of conditions proposed.  Conditions were also shown in paragraph 8.4 of the report with an additional proposed condition from the pool of model conditions at paragraph 8.8.  Members were not bound by these conditions but could add to or alter these if they wished.

     

    He concluded by discussing the process by which the sub-committee should make a decision on the application.

     

    There were no questions of the Licensing Officer from members, from the applicant or from the Council’s solicitor.

     

    Representations

     

    Mr Mackenzie was invited to give representations on behalf of the Licensing Authority.  He outlined his history of employment with Watford Borough Council - having nine years’ experience of licensing enforcement.

     

    He reaffirmed that the premises were located in a Sensitive Licensing Area; this being one of the reasons for objecting to the application (there being a need to give greater consideration in these localities).  He said that in most instances the Licensing Authority would try and discuss issues with an applicant so as to come to an agreement – such as in regard to conditions.  However, this was not appropriate with regard to this application; the report highlighting a number of previous issues with the premises.

     

    Mr Mackenzie explained that in 2009, he was involved in gathering evidence at the premises to prove breaches of the Licensing Act.  Following a licensing review,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

 

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