Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Thursday 23rd April, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Please note that this meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Contact: Peter Mannings  Tel: (01279) 502174 Email:  peter.mannings@eastherts.gov.uk

Note: The meeting will be open to the public except for the deliberations of the Sub-Committee. The Zoom meeting id is 924 6857 4288 and the password is 014867. 

Items
No. Item

46.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Page and seconded by Councillor Hall, that Councillor Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED – that Councillor Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting.

47.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

48.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman explained that this was the first meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee being held virtually at East Herts Council.  He said that, in accordance with legal advice, the Chairman had the authority to eject people from the virtual meeting should inappropriate material be broadcast or if they were causing a disruption.

49.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members’ Declarations of Interest.

Minutes:

None.

50.

Minutes - 13 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:

 

13 March 2020

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Page and seconded by Councillor Hall that the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 March 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, this motion was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meetings held on 13 March 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

51.

Application for a Variation of a Premises Licence for Lomo Restaurant, 25a St Andrews Street, Hertford, SG14 1HZ pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed.  All those present were introduced.  The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the application for the variation of a Premises Licence for Lomo Restaurant, 25a St Andrew Street, Hertford, SG14 1HZ.

 

The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said the application had been submitted on 20 February 2020 and sought approval for the times for existing licensable activities to be increased and to extend the licensed area to the 1st floor and to the outside area.

 

The Sub-Committee was advised that the application was further seeking approval to add both late night refreshment from 23:00 on a Monday through to Saturday and the supply of alcohol off the premises until 23:00 on a Monday through to Saturday.

The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the requested hours for licensable activities were as set out in the table at paragraph 3.4 of the report.  He referred in particular to the additional steps the applicant proposed to take to promote the 4 licensing objectives.  The Sub-Committee was also advised of the amended to the application made during the 28 day consultation period to include conditions which had been drafted in consultation with responsible authorities.

 

The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer referred to the representations in respect of noise from music and from shouting and fighting in outside garden areas.  The decision of the Sub-Committee should be based on evidence that, if granted, the variation application would promote the four licensing objectives and would not undermine them.

 

The Sub-Committee was advised that the decision of Members must be evidence based, justified and proportionate and any action such as conditions or a limitation of opening hours should also be appropriate and proportionate in promoting the licensing objectives.  The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer reminded the Sub-Committee that refusing the application should be an action of last resort.

 

The applicant said that Lomo Restaurant would be community based and he looked forward to working with the local community.  He stated that there would be no loud music and there would be a sound management plan in place.  He concluded that he hoped that the restaurant would be a success, with the support of the local community.

 

A local resident who had made representations said that noise, loud music and fights in the outside area had been a cause for concern in the past and between December 2019 and January 2020, the same matters had been a cause for concern in respect of the current applicant and the variation application.  He referred in particular to a lack of control over people leaving the premises and related noise.  The resident said that conditions could provide some relief to residents from noise.

 

A second local resident said that he had no issue with the premises as a restaurant.  He said that these premises and the nearby dwellings were listed buildings that did not contain music noise at the levels in use at Lomo.  He questioned the need for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.