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Items of Urgent Business
To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
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The Chair asked all parties if they had any requests, and it was noted that there were no requests.
The Licensing Officer introduced the report to Members of the Sub-Committee and in doing so advised that on 16 July 2020, an application to vary the premises licence at Bon Bon, was submitted by Mr Kumarasamisarma. The application was to vary the hours for the supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises to: 06:00 – 23:00 Monday to Sunday, and to submit an updated plan of the premises.
Members heard how the premises was currently licensed to supply alcohol 07:00 – 21:00 Monday to Sunday. It was then explained that during the consultation, two representations had been received from local residents, however no representations had been received from any responsible authorities or any other persons.
It was explained to the Sub-Committee that any representation must relate to a particular premises and must be relevant to the promotion of one or more of the four licensing objectives.
Members, the resident representative and the applicant were provided the chance to ask questions of the Licensing Officer. There were no questions from either party.
Ms Shapley, the resident representative was then given the opportunity to explain her objections to the applicant, during which she raised several concerns, the main concern was the likelihood of an increase of disturbance and drunk and disorderly behaviour from young groups hanging around the shop. A further issue raised was the increase of pollution that additional hours could bring into the area. It was also expressed that volunteers from the neighbouring area all worked together to ensure that broken glass and rubbish was cleared up and kept to a minimum. It was remarked that the shop did not need to be open for the additional hours sought.
During questions from Members it was highlighted that although residents could not be sure the drink purchased from the shop would cause drunk and disorderly behaviour it was suspected that as soon as people were aware fo the additional hours, then they would visit the shop and not to one of the supermarkets in the area.
Mr Kumarasamisarma was then provided with the opportunity to present his case, during which he explained of his efforts to work with the local residents to help minimise litter and that he would be providing an additional bin outside of the premises.
He continued by stating that since taking over the business in January, he had installed additional CCTV cameras and explained that the reason for applying for the additional hours was due to the demand of 85% of your customers wanting you to open for a longer period. He further explained that it would not be of a huge benefit financially for the additional hours however, he did wish to listen to his customers and meet their needs.
He confirmed that he would be happy to look at alternative opening times should the sub-committee feel it was necessary to implement additional conditions. ... view the full minutes text for item 9.