Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Thursday, 28th May, 2020 10.30 am

Venue: This meeting is being held remotely; to view the meeting, please click here.

Contact: Thomas Downs
020 8726 6000 x86166  Email: thomas.downs@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

53/20

Appointment of Chair

To appoint a Chair for the duration of the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Karen Jewitt nominated Councillor Pat Clouder as Chair.

Councillor Michael Neal seconded the motion.

 

The Sub-Committee RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Clouder as Chair for the duration of the meeting of the Sub-Committee.

 

54/20

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were none.

55/20

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

 

56/20

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

57/20

Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005 Procedures for Licensing Sub-Committee Hearings pdf icon PDF 138 KB

This Report provides background to the request that the Chair of the Licensing Sub-Committee exercise delegated authority set out in Annex 1 to Part 5F of the Constitution to agree a change to the current Licensing Sub-Committee procedure to take account of remote hearings.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Manager introduced and summarised the report, which contained changes to the protocol for Licensing Sub-Committees in of light of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

 

The Chair AGREED the recommendations contained in the report.

58/20

Licensing Act 2003: Application for a Variation to a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 229 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

On 28 May 2020 the Licensing Sub-Committee considered the Application for Variation to a Premises Licence at 243-245 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6RD the representations received as contained in the report of the Executive Director ‘Place’ and the additional written representations made by the Applicant and the Noise Pollution team.

 

The Sub-Committee also considered the verbal representations from the Noise Pollution team, the Applicant and the Applicants’ representative at the hearing.

 

The Sub-committee noted that, following discussions with the Police licensing officer, the applicant has amended their application to have the requested start time for the sale alcohol as 9am, rather than the 8am as specified in the variation application and to have the terminal hour as 2330 hours Monday to Thursday and midnight on Friday & Saturday. 

 

In addition, the applicant has amended their application to have the following conditions added to the licence if the application is granted:

 

·       Clear and legible notices will be prominently displayed at the exit to remind customers to leave quietly and have regard to our neighbours.

·       Food will be available at all times that sale of alcohol is authorised up to 30 minutes before close. Alcohol will be ancillary to food.

 

During the course of the hearing the Applicant further amended their application to include a condition regarding the re-siting of the speakers in the premises and in relation to the audibility of music outside the premises, namely:

 

·       Speakers to be mounted and sited at least 50cm away from the ceiling; and

·       The Premises License holder shall aim to ensure music from the premises is not audible outside the premises.

 

The Sub-Committee, having reference to the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”), the statutory guidance issued under S182 of the Act and the Council Licensing Policy the Sub-Committee and the amendments to the application have RESOLVED to GRANT the variation as amended by the Applicant and detailed above on the basis that the Sub-Committee is satisfied that it would support the Licensing Objectives to do so.

 

The Sub-Committees reasons were as follows:

 

1.     The noise complaints which lead to the noise team to make representations fell broadly into two categories – construction noise and complaints about loud music. The Sub-Committee were more concerned with the latter than the former given the potential link to licensable activities.

 

2.     There were a number of complaints but these stemmed from a small number of complainants who had also involved other responsible authorities, including the Fire Brigade and Council’s Anti-social Behaviour Team and the Police.

 

3.     The Police, as detailed above, had agreed conditions with the Applicant and the Applicant had amended their application to include those conditions and a reduction in proposed hours of sale of alcohol should the Sub-Committee be minded to grant the application.

 

4.     Although one of the complaints had led to an informal warning, the noise pollution team had not observed noise nuisance of a nature which would constitute a statutory nuisance. There were however still some complaints which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58/20

59/20

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

 

Minutes:

This was not required.