Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping

Contact: A Hendry (Direct Line 01992 564246)  Email:  democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

20.

Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

Minutes:

Pursuant to the Council’s Member Code of Conduct, Councillors R Morgan, S Heather, B Rolfe and M Sartin declared an interest in agenda item 6, Club Premises Licence Application for Ongar Community Sports Trust, Jubilee Park Pavillion, Love Lane, Ongar, by virtue of knowing one of the objectors and a supporter of the application. The Councillors had determined that their interest was non-pecuniary and would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the issue.

 

21.

Procedure for the Conduct of Business pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted the agreed procedure for the conduct of business.

22.

Application for a new Premises Licence - Gem of Essex, Connaught House, 112/120 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4HJ pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the attached report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The three Councillors that presided over this item were Councillors R Morgan, B Rolfe and M Sartin.

 

The Chairman introduced the members and officers present and outlined the procedure that would be followed for the determination of the application. The Chairman welcomed Mr Cemal Albay the applicant. With him was the landlord of this current restaurant in Islington to act as a character witness.

 

(a)    Application before the Sub-Committee

 

The Licensing Compliance officer introduced the application for a new premises licence for a restaurant at Connaught House, 112/120 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4HJ. The application was for a new premises licence to include:

 

The provision of recorded music:

·         Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 23:00;

·         Friday to Saturday 08:00 to 23:30; and

·         Sunday 08:00 to 22:30.

 

The sale of alcohol:

·         Monday to Thursday 12:00 to 23:00;

·         Friday to Saturday 12:00 to 00:00; and

·         Sunday 12:00 to 22:30: and

 

Hours the premises will be open to the public:

·         Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 23:00;

·         Friday to Saturday 08:00 to 00:00; and

·         Sunday 08:00 to 22:30.

 

The Officer noted that the newspaper advertisement had to be amended due to mistakes being made to the original one.

 

There had been a representation received from Loughton Town Council and two local residents. Essex Police had agreed some extra conditions with the applicant and other responsible authorities were content with the application as it stood. There were no other objection.

 

(b)   Presentation of the Applicant’s Case

 

The Applicant Mr Albay advised the Sub-Committee that he had another restaurant in Islington and he had with him his current landlord to vouch for his character. He noted that he would be serving food along with wine and beer. As they were a small place, they did not want a bar; the drink would be served at the tables with the food. He reminded the Sub-Committee that the person who had the place before him had the same type of licence.

 

(c)    Questions for the Applicant from the Sub-Committee

 

The sub-committee enquired if Mr Albay would be the owner. He replied that he was the owner and also the licence holder. He had a restaurant in Islington where he had never experienced any problems.

 

The Sub-Committee asked why he had applied for an off-sales licence, did he need this. The Licensing Compliance officer confirmed that he had to have it and said that any bottles taken out of the restaurant had to be packaged. Also she added by way of explanation that although the previous owner had run it as a restaurant he had surrendered his licence so the applicant could not just take it over.

 

The Sub-committee expressed concern about the off sales of alcohol and asked how he would control it. The applicant said that he had been in the business for 19 year and was very experienced. The off sales was a service to their customers; if they had paid for a bottle of wine with their meal, they should have the right to take it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

New Premises Licence Application, Mr Todiwala at Petiscos, 75 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the attached report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The three Councillors that presided over this item were Councillors R Morgan, S Heather and B Rolfe.

 

The Chairman introduced the members and officers present and outlined the procedure that would be followed for the determination of the application. The Chairman welcomed Mr S Schaffer the applicant and Michelle Schaffer his business partner and wife.

 

(a)    Application before the Sub-Committee

 

The Licensing Compliance Officer introduced the application for a new premises licence at 75 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill. The operating schedule was for both on and off sales of alcohol, provision of recorded music and provision of late night refreshment.

 

The responsible authorities had received a copy of the application and it had been advertised at the premises and in a local newspaper. All residences and businesses within 150 meters radius of the premises were individually consulted.

 

Four representations from local residents had been received, they related to the prevention of public nuisance and the prevention of crime and disorder. The responsible authorities had made no objections, the Parish Council had not made an objection but had submitted some comments and the District Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Officer had agreed some extra conditions with the applicant.

 

(b)   Presentation of the Applicant’s Case

 

The applicant, Mr Schaffer advised the Sub-Committee that premises had not been a restaurant before. He clarified that the name ‘Petiscos’ meant tapas in Portuguese and that would be what they would be serving. They would have no bar in the restaurant; all drinks would be served at the tables. All their wines were sourced from small family vineyards in Portugal. Customers would be allowed to take the bottles home with them if they did not finish it at the time. As proof of concept they had run it as a pop up restaurant for some time, and it had proved very popular.

 

(c)    Questions for the Applicant from the Sub-Committee

 

The Sub-Committee enquired about the staff at the premises. They were told that Mr Schaffer would be there everyday along with the service and kitchen staff. This was the only premises that he looked after. He had been in catering for 35 years and had come up with this concept about four years ago and it proved to be successful in London.

 

The Sub-Committee queried the off-sales element to the licence. Mr Schaffer said that their customers would buy a bottle of wine and if unfinished it could then be taken home.

 

The Sub-Committee noted that the applicant had agreed with the District Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Officer the following conditions:

1)    The number of seated diners on the front terrace shall not exceed 8 at any time. This area was to be cleared of diners by 22.00 – except for smokers;

2)    Between 22.00 hours and when the premises was closed to the public, the outside area shall only be used by customers to smoke. No food or drink to be consumed in the outside area after 22.00 hours;

3)    A member of staff shall ensure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

New Premises Licence Application for Ongar Community Sports Trust, Jubilee Park Pavillion, Love Lane, Ongar, Essex CM5 9BL pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the attached report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The three Councillors that presided over this item were Councillors R Morgan, S Heather and M Sartin.

 

The Chairman introduced the members and officers present and outlined the procedures that would be followed for the determination of the application. The Chairman welcomed three of the applicants John Reynolds, Derek Perch and Andy Bacon.

 

Also in attendance were Brian and Marie Hatch local residents; Sheila Jackman a local resident and the local ward Councillor, Councillor P Keska.

 

(a)    Application before the Sub-Committee

 

The Licensing Officer introduced the application for the determination of a new Club Premises Certificate for Ongar Community Sports Trust, Jubilee Park Pavilion, Love Lane, Ongar, Essex.

 

The application was for the following licensing activities,

 

The Provision of Live Music                                                                          

Monday to Thursday 10.00 – 23.00pm

Friday to Saturday 10.00 to 00.00                                                   

      Sunday 10.00 to 22.00pm

      

 The Provision of Recorded Music

                      Monday to Thursday 10.00 – 23.00pm

                      Friday to Saturday 10.00 – 00.00am

                      Sunday 10.00 – 22.00pm

        

Supply of Alcohol on the premises only

                      Monday to Thursday 11.00 – 23.00pm

                      Friday to Saturday 11.00 – 00.00am

                      Sunday 11.00 to 23.00pm

 

The responsible authorities had received copies of the application and had no representations to make. Residents and businesses within 150 meters of the premises were individually consulted. The authority had received 8 representations from residents. Objections related to the prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from harm.

 

It was noted that there was already a current premises licence at the Jubilee Pavilion in the name of Ongar Town Council.

 

In consultation with the applicants the opening times of the premises had been modified to reflect when the premises opened to accommodate the sporting activities of the building. The premise opening time will now start from 8am.

 

The Legal Officer asked the Licensing officer to confirm that as a private club they had at least 25 members and if they had an updated plan of the area to be licensed.  The Licensing Officer replied that they did indeed have more than 25 members and that she had a revised plan of the building showing the licensed areas which she distributed to the members and officers present.

 

(b)   Presentation of the Applicant’s Case

 

The applicant, Mr Reynolds advised that they had taken over the running of the premises from Ongar Town Council. They had made significant changes to the premises and had installed new CCTV and booking system.

 

They had agreed to keep doors closed during events and near neighbours were to be informed of any upcoming events.

 

They would keep a close eye on under age drinking and will have a ‘challenge 25’ scheme. They would also liaise with the Police to keep on top of any Anti Social Behaviour in their vicinity and deal with it on a proactive basis.

 

The Manager and one member of staff would hold a personal licence.

 

The Legal Officer asked him to clarify that this would be a member’s only sports club. Mr  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.