Agenda and minutes
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Committee membership/ election of a Chair
The Democratic Services Officer confirmed that the Sub-Committee would comprise Councillors Dychton, Martins and Saffery.
The Sub-Committee was asked to elect a Chair for the hearing.
that Councillor Saffery be elected Chair for this hearing.
Disclosure of interests (if any)
There were no disclosures of interest.
The Chair welcomed all parties to the hearing and explained the procedure to be followed.
Introduction to the application
The Licensing Officer presented her report to the Sub-Committee, outlining an application for a new premises licence for a restaurant, Green Pitta at 271 - 273 St Albans Road Watford WD24 5BJ.
The Licensing Officer highlighted that she understood that the premises name might have changed to “Greek Pitta”. The applicant’s legal representative stated that he was not aware of this. Accordingly, it was agreed that the hearing would proceed under the original application title.
In response to a question, the Licensing Officer explained that the nearest residential properties were next door and also a flat directly above the premises.
Representation by Responsible Authority - Environmental Health
The Environmental Health Officer explained that the application would not promote the Licensing Act objective of preventing public nuisance. He went on to explain his concerns regarding noise nuisance from patrons and the smell from the cooking of hot food.
He explained in detail that although, in relation to food, it was only the provision of late night refreshment (after 11pm) that fell within the scope of the Licensing Act, the nuisance from cooking smells applied at any time cooking might take place.
Mr. Sivashankar clarified that the applicant had offered to install an extraction system and the restaurant would not open until after this system had been installed and inspected.
There followed a discussion on a variety of issues.
· Deliveries on Sundays. It was clarified that this referred to deliveries to the restaurant with supplies, not takeaway deliveries from the restaurant.
· The opening hours for Sunday. The end of late night refreshment was later than the opening hours to allow food ordered remotely to be delivered to addresses.
· Friday and Saturday hours would now conclude at midnight rather than 00:30hours.
· Confirmation that although takeaway was still required, it was anticipated this would be ancillary to the main provision of food within the restaurant.
Address by the Interested Party
Mr. James Duffy introduced himself and stated that he owned the flat directly above the premises and that it was a rental property. He thanked the Environmental Health Officer for the comments he had made as they addressed some of his own concerns.
Mr. Duffy added that he was concerned about the storage and removal measures for the rubbish generated by the restaurant. He explained that the previous occupier had stored rubbish below the fire escape for his premises. He expressed concern for the safety of his tenants in the event of a fire.
He asked if there would be additional sound-proofing between the restaurant and the residential premises.
Mr. Sivashankar assured Mr. Duffy that the Fire Service had been consulted and the applicants would discharge their duties correctly to ensure fire safety. He added that sound insulation would be completed prior to the restaurant opening for trade.
There followed a short discussion around noise issues and the relationship between the planning and licensing regimes. ... view the full minutes text for item 6.