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Paradise Cove Ltd, 226A Brixton Road, London SW9 AH (Vassall ward)

Meeting: 09/10/2012 - Licensing Sub-Committee (Item 4)

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Presentation by the Head of Consumer Protection and Sustainability


The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a new premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to chapters 8, 9 and 10 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Sections 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Statement of Licensing Policy, as the ones particularly relevant to this application. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out in paragraph 5.9 of the report on page 28.


In response to questions from Members, the Head of Consumer Protection and Sustainability confirmed:


  • This was a new application for supply of alcohol, recorded music and late night refreshment to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 2am Friday and Saturday
  • A schedule of conditions had been agreed with the police; these were included in the agenda pack at pages 107-108
  • As part of these conditions, the applicant had agreed that recorded music be played only at background level. This meant that recorded music need not be included on the licence, since background music was not a licensable activity
  • 21 representations had been received from local residents relating to public nuisance, public safety and crime and disorder


A map and photographs of the premises were circulated.


Presentation by the Applicant


Mr George Mitchell, applicant, alongside his representative Mr Graham Hopkins, informed the Sub-Committee that:


  • They wished to withdraw the application for recorded music and to amend the hours of the application to cease licensable activities at 2300 Sunday to Thursday, closing at 2330, and 0030 Friday and Saturday, closing at 0100. They also agreed not to use the rear garden at all, except for storing cleaning materials
  • Mr Mitchell had worked for 3-4 years in a pub and had run events such as birthday parties in the past
  • Paradise Cove was an Afro-Caribbean restaurant with 24 covers. A licence was sought to enhance the business and prevent Mr Mitchell losing out to other venues which offered alcohol
  • Customers who wished to smoke would do so outside the front of the premises and would be limited to six at any one time. Notices would be put up to this effect
  • Customers would not be able to take drinks outside so this would reduce the likelihood of loitering
  • Tables and chairs would remain in situ; this meant there was no way the venue could turn into a vertical drinking establishment
  • Mr Mitchell would work with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and report any drug dealing or use to the police straight away
  • There had been no representations from responsible authorities and it was felt that the amendments and conditions put forward would ensure the venue did not adversely affect residents


In response to questions from Members, Mr Mitchell and Mr Hopkins confirmed:


  • They were willing to accept a condition stipulating that drinks be served only with food
  • They anticipated roughly a 70/30 split between food and drink in the business model
  • The Temporary Event Notices (TENs) submitted in the past year were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4