The Sub-Committee considered an application for a Premises
Licence in respect of Groszek European Market, 36 Lowesmoor, Worcester WR1 2SG.
At the start of the meeting, the Chair made the following
“Presentations to the 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
All parties at the hearing were introduced. The applicant,
confirmed she was aware of her right to have legal representation
at the meeting but had chosen not to. She was represented by a
Licensing Consultant, June Clarke. Ms
Kwiatek confirmed she was satisfied
with the proposed procedure.
The Senior Practitioner – Licensing presented the
report on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services. The Senior
Practitioner – Licensing explained that WRS received an
application for a premises licence on
21 March 2022 from Ms Kwiatek, in respect of Groszek European Market. The applicant applied for
the following licensable activities:
Sale of Alcohol (Off sales only)
MsKwiatek was the
designated premises supervisor identified in the
Responsible authorities had been
consulted regarding the application. No objections were received.
Two representations were received from other persons. The
representations related to concerns around crime and disorder and
litter as a public nuisance.
In summary, the Senior Practitioner
– Licensing explained that in
considering the application, the
Sub-Committee should have regard to the
Council’s Statement of Licensing
Policy under the Licensing Act 2003. The
Sub-Committee is obliged to determine the
application with a view to the
promotion of the licensing objectives
prevention of crime and disorder;
prevention of public nuisance;
protection of children from harm.
All parties were offered the opportunity to ask questions
of the Senior Practitioner – Licensing.
The applicant’s Licensing Consultant explained that
measures to address issues raised by the two objectors would be
undertaken, if the licence was granted.
This included CCTV monitoring and compliance registers, which could
be shared with authorities where necessary. The ‘Challenge
25’ initiative would be adopted with staff asking to see
customers’ ID when in doubt, before allowing them to purchase
In response to specific comments from the objectors,
Ms Clarke commented that the owner of
the premises could not be held responsible if customers chose to
abuse alcohol. She further explained that local shops such as
Ms Kwaitek’s served as ‘top up’
shops rather than sources of regular purchasing since their offer
was more limited and more expensive than larger local
It was further noted that the responsible authorities,
including Police, contacted during the consultation period had
raised no concerns regarding anti-social behaviour or public
Sub-Committee members asked further questions regarding
staff training and sought clarification about staff intervention in
the event of anti-social behaviour taking place outside the
premises. Ms Clarke confirmed this
would be monitored from ...
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