Agenda and minutes
Venue: Town Hall, Bootle
Contact: Caitlin Manion Democratic Services Officer
Election of Chair
That Councillor John Kelly be elected Chair for this meeting of the Sub-Committee.
Declarations of Interest
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Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.
No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests were received.
Report of the Head of Highways and Public Protection.
The Sub-Committee considered the report of the Head of Highways and Public Protection, regarding an application by Empire Booze Limited, for the Grant of a Premises Licence in respect of the above premises, as detailed in the report.
Objections to the application had been received and this necessitated a hearing, for which the Sub-Committee had been convened.
The Sub-Committee heard representations from Ms G Sherratt and Mr P Dickson, on behalf of the Applicant and considered the written representations from local residents objecting to the application.
All parties agreed the issues that were in contention and the procedure that was to be followed.
The Sub-Committee retired under Regulation 14(2) of the Licensing Act (Hearings) Regulations 2005 (as amended) and thereby excluded the press and public whilst they reached their decision on the application. The Sub-Committee returned to give their decision in public.
That the Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Empire Booze Limited, 6 The Crescent, Thornton, L23 4TA be granted subject to the conditions agreed with Merseyside Police.
Reasons for the Decision:
The Sub-Committee had heard representations from Ms G Sherratt, the representative for the Applicant and Mr P Dickson, the Applicant.
The Sub-Committee had noted the additional conditions agreed by the Applicant following representations from Merseyside Police, and that as a result, the representations from Merseyside Police had been withdrawn.
The Sub-Committee considered the written representations received from three local residents, objecting to the application.
Whilst the Sub-Committee had sympathy for the local residents’ concerns, it had not heard or received any evidence that the concerns would occur and therefore could not impose purely aspirational conditions in the absence of any evidence.
The Sub-Committee were satisfied that the Applicant was experienced in the licensing trade and had good training practices and support in place. The Sub-Committee were encouraged by the Applicant’s offer of engagement with the Community and the fact that the business would provide local employment and would be an asset to the area with the premises being refurbished.
The Sub-Committee noted that the Application was for the Grant of a New Premises Licence and as such, it was bound to have regard to the appropriate legislation and guidance and to Sefton Council’s own Statement of Licensing Policy.
The Sub-Committee concluded that should any concerns come to fruition, in respect of this premises, the interested parties would have the right to request a Review of the Premises Licence.