The Sub-Committee considered an application for a
street amenity permission in respect of the Conservatory
Café Bar, Friar Street, Worcester.
The premises currently had permission for use of
tables and chairs to the front of their premises and the
application sought an extension of the current times.
The following persons were in attendance for
- Lee Coopey, Manager, Cropthorne Inns
- Andrew Portlock, Licensee, The Conservatory Café
At the start of the hearing, 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
All parties to the hearing introduced
Mr Phillips, Licensing Officer, summarised the
matter for consideration. He explained
that applicants currently had a street amenity permission to trade
outside Monday – Sunday from 10:30 – 16:30. The
permission permitted a maximum amount of three tables with twelve
chairs. The application sought
permission to trade 10:00 – 19:30 hours Monday –
Sunday. The amount of street furniture would remain the same.
West Mercia Police Traffic Management had
commented that they were unable to support the application due to
restricted vehicular access through Friar Street resulting in
possible injury to patrons of the establishment. No objections were received from Highways,
Worcester Fire Authority, Environmental Health or Planning. Visit
Worcester stated that they had no representations, though they
wished for street furniture to be removed during the times of the
There had been no comments from any interested
There were no questions for Mr Phillips from
Sub-Committee members or the applicants.
Mr Coopey and Mr
Portlock were invited to present their
application, following which they answered questions from
Sub-Committee members and Mr Phillips.
In response to questions, they stated that there were bollards at
either end of the seating area, and furthermore it was intended to
barrier the area in a similar fashion to other café premises
in the City centre. The barrier would
be weighted and was therefore unlikely to collapse.
The public liability insurance incorporated
the outside area. Vehicles could only
approach the premises from the southern end of Friar Street and
they were not aware of any accidents involving customers in the
last five years.
Customers were not able to stand outside and
there was a sign on the door stating customers are not able to
stand and drink outside.
It was clarified that it was only intended to
provide outside seating in the summer months, so there would be no
clash with the Christmas Fayre.
Both parties were given the opportunity to
make a final statement, following which all parties, with the
exception of the members of the Sub-Committee and the
representatives of the Democratic Services Manager, withdrew to
enable the Sub-Committee to consider its decision.
All parties were recalled and in response to a
question from the Chairman, Mr Phillips gave details of
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