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Election of Chair
MOVED by Councillor Philip Normal, SECONDED by Councillor Linda Bray
RESOLVED: That Councillor Fred Cowell be elected Chair for the meeting.
Declaration of Pecuniary Interests
Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.
None were declared.
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Presentation by the Licensing Officer
The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a new premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 16 of the Statutory Guidance, and to section 5 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 paragraphs 6.2 of the report on pages 11 of the agenda papers.
The Licensing Officer confirmed:
· This was an application for a new premises licence.
· Due to technical difficulties, the application had not proceeded as expected on 10 February 2020.
· The applicant sought permission for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and for the premises to be open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
· The application could be found on page 13 of the agenda papers.
· There were two representations that had been made against the application. These were from the Licensing Authority and a local Ward Councillor.
· The representations could be found on pages 23 to 34 of the agenda papers.
Presentation by the applicant
The applicant, Mr Ashok Kumari, informed the Sub-Committee that:
· The premises originally had a 24-hour licence before he had decided to take it over.
· He was not aware of the history regarding the premises until recently.
· If the Sub-Committee was willing, then he would be happy to offer a reduction in the operating hours which would be 06:00-01:00. This could be considered on a trial period to prove that he was able to operate a licensed premises responsibly.
· He had other 24-hour licensed premises.
In response to questions from Members, Mr Kumari informed the Sub-Committee that:
· He was familiar with the licensing objectives including public nuisance and he would have well-trained staff who would have their own personal licences.
· His staff would be aware of how to serve customers, which customers should be served, which should not and their responsibilities in upholding the licensing objectives.
· The premises licence holder was a family friend. The premises licence holder was still paying rent and business rates because he had not yet taken over the business. The relationship did not extend further than this.
· The process of taking over the management of the premises had not yet started. He needed to train staff, refurbish the premises and even when he would obtain the licence, he would not be able to start the business as an additional four months of preparation time would be needed.
· No alcohol was being sold at the premises at the moment and no alcohol would be served for at least three months if the licence was granted.
· The premises licence holder would not be involved with the running of the premises. He would agree to a condition whereby the premises licence holder would be prohibited entry into the premises.
· He understood that the conditions on the licence were enforceable by law.
· When he first ... view the full minutes text for item 3a
Presentation by the Licensing Officer
The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a new premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 15 of the Statutory Guidance, and to section 5 of the Statement of Licensing Policy (and policies 1, ,3 ,4 and 8), as the ones particularly relevant to this application. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out in paragraphs 6.2 of the report on pages 45 of the agenda papers.
The Licensing Officer confirmed:
· This was an application for new premises licence.
· The application had been submitted by Ms Jean Marie Parr.
· The applicant sought the playing of live and recorded music, dance, late night refreshment and the sale of alcohol Monday to Sunday from 09:00–02:00.
· The premises would be open Monday to Sunday 08:00–02:00.
· Twelve representations had been submitted against the application from residents.
· The application could be found on pages 57-77 of the agenda papers.
Mr Craig Campion representing the applicant, and Ms Jean Marie Parr, the applicant informed the Sub-Committee that:
· The application was not for a new business. The business had been set up since 1986.
· The premises already had a licence with Greenwich Council. The premises did not have any problems with Greenwich Council.
· The premises was a vessel and had been used as a licensed premises since 2002.
· The applicant needed to re-apply because the Licensing Authority had advised the applicant to apply for a licence at Lambeth because the moorings had been moved into the Lambeth borough.
· The premises would hold activities such as sightseeing trips and the days would start at 09:30 and could finish at 20:00 or 21:00.
· The premises would be available for private charter in the evening.
· The reason the application had been made for seven days a week until 02:00 was because the applicant would not know when a private charter for the premises would be applied for.
In response to questions from Members, Mr Campion and Ms Marie-Parr informed the Sub-Committee that:
· More than ten private charters would be held a year - the vessel would be able to hold 100 private charters in a year.
· Part of the reason for seeking an application until 02:00 was due to the time changes on New Year’s Eve.
· Most of the functions taking place on the premises would finish at 00:00. If the premises was allowed to be open until 01:00 then this could help the premises perform task necessary for an event it may be holding, such as filming. It would be useful to have the premises open to the public until 01:00.
· The applicant had applied for an off-sales licence as patrons taking drinks to the upper deck technically counted as alcohol being consumed off the premises.
· Fitting double glazing windows into the premises would undermine the stability of the premises. The vessel was built to meet vessel stability regulations.
· The windows in the premises were made of 8 mm thick glass and ... view the full minutes text for item 3b