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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That Councillor Mrs L Hodgson be appointed Chairman.

 

COUNCILLOR MRS L. HODGSON IN THE CHAIR

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence, Unit 4, Netherton Court, Infirmary Walk, Worcester pdf icon PDF 70 KB

 

To consider and determine an application for grant of a premises licence

In respect of  Unit 4, Netherton Court, Infirmary Walk, Worcester,

WR1 3AU

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered an application for a premises licence in respect of Unit 4, Netherton Court, Infirmary Walk, Worcester, WR1 3AU.

 

At the start of the meeting the Chairman made the following statement:

 

“Presentations to this Sub-Committee are not given under oath. However, I would like to remind all parties that the highest standards are expected and any deviation from these high standards could possibly influence any decision of the Sub-Committee.”

 

All parties to the hearing introduced themselves. The applicant Mr Davis chose not to have any representation. Mr Davis stated he was satisfied with the proposed procedure.

 

Clare Flanagan, for the Legal Services Manager, summarised the matter for consideration. She explained that the matter had been referred to the Sub-Committee for determination by Worcestershire Regulatory Services because several objections had been made opposing Mr Davis’s application.

 

David Etheridge, Senior Licensing Practitioner on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS),  was then invited present his Report. He explained that WRS had received an application for a premises licence on 14th June 2018  from Mr Davis. The applicant has stated that they are seeking to set up a micro-pub where customers have the option to purchase alcohol to be consumed both on and off the premises.

 

West Mercia Police has reached an agreement with the applicant to amend the application in the following ways:

 

·         To cease the sale of alcohol at 22:30 rather than 00:00

·         To close the premises to the public at 23.:00 rather than 00:00

·         The use of the outside seating area will not be permitted after 20:00

·         CCTV cameras must be located within the premises to cover all public areas including entrances and exits. This must include the external seating area.

 

Members asked the Licensing Officer to clarify at what time the playing of recorded music would end. He confirmed that it would stop at 23:00.

 

Mr Davis then spoke in support of his application. He explained that he is opening a micro-pub in one of the arches at Netherton Court. Network Rail are keen to regenerate the area and several businesses are already in place. Mr Davis feels that the site offers a prime location for a small pub. The premises will seat 35 people, with a small seating area comprising three tables. The micro-pub will offer locally sourced products such as craft beers, local ales and ciders. Currently gates stop access to the Hive Library, these will be removed within the next four weeks. He stated that he was aware that the area had experienced some problems with anti-social behaviour but felt his new business would improve the situation as currently the area is unmanned and he would be on site between 11:00 – 23:00 and CCTV would be in place. 

 

In response to Members’ questions, Mr Davis explained initially he intended to be the sole member of staff. If the business did well, he would employ some part-time staff. When asked if he envisaged customers arriving in the early evening and staying until closing time  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.