The Sub-Committee considered an application
for the grant of street amenity permission in respect of the Greggs
Bakery, 10 The Shambles, Worcester.
At the start of the hearing, the Chairman
reminded all parties that the highest standards were expected in
reaching a decision on this matter.
All the parties to the hearing introduced
themselves. The applicants were not
represented, and had requested that the hearing should proceed in
their absence. The Sub-Committee
considered a letter from Mike Harwood, Shop Design Manager, dated
1st October 2015, clarifying their position.
Vanessa Brown, 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 representations were
received from West Mercia Police Traffic Management and
Worcestershire Regulatory Services (Health & Safety). Both had
stated that they were unable to support the application due to
restricted vehicular access through The Shambles, resulting in
possible injury to patrons of the establishment.
At this stage of the hearing, the Chairman
stated that Members of the Sub-Committee would undertake a site
visit before proceeding to consider the hearing. There followed an adjournment whilst the site
visit was undertaken. The hearing was
then reconvened following the completion of the site visit.
Carl Phillips, Licensing Officer on behalf of
Worcestershire Regulatory Services, was then invited to make
representations. In summary, he
explained that the original application was to grant permission for
use of tables and chairs to the front of the premises Monday
– Saturday from 07:00 – 17:30 and Sunday
10:00-16:00. The application was for 2
tables and 6 chairs. The letter from
Mike Harwood had clarified that the applicants were willing to
amend the application so as to place the furniture out on the
pavement only during the pedestrian zone times, i.e. 10.30 am to
4.30 pm. They had also confirm that
they had space to store the furniture during shop trading hours
when not in use on the pavement.
There were no questions for Mr Phillips from
any of the parties.
were then asked to clarify whether their objections still stood in
the light of the amendment to the application. Bob Haynes
(representing West Mercia Police Traffic Management) and Helen
Cameron (representing Worcestershire Regulatory Services - Health
& Safety) were in attendance. Both agreed that their
principal concern was that the application initially submitted was
to include hours during which traffic was free to use the highway.
This had been a significant factor in their initial objection
having regard to an incident which had resulted in a fatality in
2014. With regards to the amended
application both agreed that the reduction in hours addressed their
In response to questions from Sub-Committee
Members, Bob Haynes stated that he had no formal evidence to show
that vehicles were entering the Shambles during the restricted
hours, although other parties had advised him that delivery and
refuse vehicles did not always leave by 10.10a.m. Enforcement was a
matter for the Council. ...
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