Agenda and minutes

Go Local - 78 Hart Street, Southport, Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday 21st August, 2023 11.00 am

Venue: Committee Room - Bootle Town Hall, Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 7AE. View directions

Contact: Amy Dyson  Democratic Services Officer

No. Item


Appointment of Chair




That Councillor John Kelly be appointed as Chair for this meeting of the Sub-Committee.



Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are requested to give notice of any personal or prejudicial interest and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the relevant Code of Conduct.



No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests were received.




Licensing Act 2003 - Application for the Variation of a Premises Licence - Go Local, 78 Hart Street, Southport PR8 6BN pdf icon PDF 810 KB

Report of the Assistant Director of Place (Highways and Public Protection)

Additional documents:


The Sub-Committee considered the report of the Assistant Director of Place (Highways and Public Protection) regarding an application by Mr Nakavarathan Ponnambalam, for the Variation of a Premises Licence in respect of Go Local, 78 Hart Street, Southport, PR8 6BN.


Two letters of objection to the application had been received from local residents and this necessitated a hearing for which the Sub-Committee had been convened.


The Sub-Committee heard representations from Mr Nakavarathan Ponnambalam (Applicant and Designated Premises Supervisor) and Mr Ian Rushton (Applicant Representative) in support of the application.


The Sub-Committee also heard representations from a member of the public objecting to the application.


All parties agreed the issues that were in contention and the procedure that was to be followed.


During the hearing the Applicant withdrew their application for non-standard timings for Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.


At the end of their representations, all parties confirmed they were satisfied that they had said all they wished to say.


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 its decision in public.






1) the application for the variation of the Premises Licence in respect of Go Local, 78 Hart Street, Southport, PR8 6BN be granted subject to the hours set out below and the conditions contained in the operating schedule provided with the variation application:


The sale of alcohol by retail (off the premises)

Days of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday

07:00 – 22:00


Hours open to the public

Days of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday

06:00 – 22:00



(2) The following condition be removed from Annex 2 of the Licence:

 “Any person attempting to purchase alcohol who appears to be under 18 years of age shall be required to provide proof of age identification”. This is on the basis of more robust conditions of licence being inserted into the licence by the addition of the conditions contained within the operating schedule provided with the variation application.




The Sub-Committee has considered written and oral representations made on behalf of both the Applicant, and of local residents objecting to the application.


The Sub-Committee notes that this application is for the Variation of an already established Premises Licence and is bound to have regard to the appropriate Legislation, Guidance and to Sefton Council’s own Statement of Licensing Policy. The Sub-Committee must grant the application to vary unless it can be shown that to do so would be contradictory to one of the Licensing Objectives. Statutory guidance states that Licensing Authorities are best placed to make decisions about appropriate opening hours in their areas based on their local knowledge and in consultation with responsible authorities; no representations were received from any of the responsible authorities in response to this application.


Licensing Authorities must always consider each application and must not impose predetermined licensed opening hours,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.