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Appointment of Chair for this meeting
In accordance with the terms of reference of the Licensing Committee, the Chief Legal Officer invited nominations for the appointment of Chair for the duration of the meeting. Councillor Charlesworth moved that Councillor Roberts should take the Chair. This was seconded by Councillor Batsford.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Councillor Roberts be appointed as Chair for the duration of the meeting
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were noted from Councillor Charman.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2015 and the meeting held on 29 September 2015 be approved and signed by the Chair as a true record
Declarations of Interest
Notification of any additional urgent items
- Appendix A - Application for premises licence , item 40. PDF 622 KB
- Appendix B - Map , item 40. PDF 152 KB
- Appendix C - Responsible Authorities representations , item 40. PDF 696 KB
- Appendix D - Interested parties representations , item 40. PDF 320 KB
The Licensing Manager presented the report of the Assistant Director of Environment and Place in respect of an application made on 31 July 2015 under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the London Convenience Store, 13 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6NH.
The premises was a vacant shop, and the application was to have supply of alcohol for off sales on Monday to Saturday from 08.00hrs to 23.00hrs and Sunday from 10.00hrs to 22.30hrs with special hours for Christmas Day and Good Friday of 12.00hrs to 15.00hrs and 19.00hrs to 22.00hrs.
The premises was located within area 3 (Central St Leonards) of the council’s Special Saturation Policy (Cumulative Impact). During the 28 day statutory consultation period, a representation against the application had been received from Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings Police Commander. A representation had also been received from Trevor Scrase, Senior Licencing Officer at Hastings Borough Council. Forty nine further representations from local interested parties had been received, although many of these representations did not meet the requirements laid down by central government. However, four valid representations had been appended to the report. Two petitions had also been received, one objecting to the application and one in support of the proposal from the applicant.
Sergeant Vokins presented the objection on behalf of Sussex Police. He referred to the earlier representation made by Chief Inspector Phelps which objected to the proposal on the basis that the premises was located within an area of the council’s Special Saturation Policy. Chief Inspector Phelps had also commented that the operating scheduled provided by the applicant failed to demonstrate that there would be no negative cumulative impact caused by the new premises. Sergeant Vokins described the challenges related to anti-social behaviour caused by problem drinking, which already existed in the area. He added that the police, council and partner agencies had introduced a range of initiatives over recent years to address this issue. This included the reduce the strength campaign, which restricted the sale of high volume beers and ciders. The initiative was part of a range of measures to tackle street drinking. Sergeant Vokins invited the committee to reject the application because of the impact a new premises would have on the cumulative impact area.
Mr Dadds, representing the applicant, asked Sergeant Vokins a number of questions regarding the recording of incidents of anti-social behaviour associated with problem drinking in the vicinity of the proposed premises. Sergeant Vokins replied that he did not have specific data regarding the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued in the area. However, the fact that the Special Saturation Policy had remained in place, together with the range of other initiatives implemented by the police and partner agencies, demonstrated that problem drinking remained a significant challenge in Central St Leonards. Mr Dadds asked Sergeant Vokins if he believed that the reduce the strength initiative had successfully addressed the issue of street drinking in Central St Leonards. Sergeant Vokins replied that initiative was part of a ... view the full minutes text for item 40.
Additional urgent items (if any)