The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the application for a new premises licence that had been submitted to the Licensing Authority by TRS Bars and Restaurants LTD on 27 July 2019.
The Sub-Committee was advised that the premises was called The Burger Box, 23 Parliament Square, Hertford and the application was for the supply of alcohol on and off the premises between the hours of 10:30 am and 9 pm. The opening hours of the premises would be 8 am to 10 pm.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the additional steps the applicant intended to take to promote the four licensing objectives. This included the Challenge 25/Think 25 proof of age scheme as well as training for staff regarding the responsible sale of alcohol. Non-alcoholic drinks would be available during the hours applied for the supply of alcohol on and off the premises.
The Sub-Committee was advised that CCTV would cover all entry and exit points enabling front identification of every person entering in any light condition. The applicant had committed to making recordings available immediately upon reasonable enquiries by the police or authorised Officer for the following 31 day period.
The Officer said that a condition could be applied that alcohol would only be served to customers in the premises. The applicant had indicated that alcohol would only be served to customers sitting in the premises or those seated at tables within a designated seating area in Parliament Square.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the conditions detailed in Essential Reference Paper ‘C’ and detailed the 3 representations included in the Agenda at Essential Reference Paper ‘D’. Members of the Sub-Committee had conducted a site visit under a strict protocol whereby the applicant remained outside the premises whilst the Members and an Officer had entered the premises.
The Sub-Committee was reminded that the application should be granted if the four licensing objectives would not be undermined. Members could restrict the hours applied or apply conditions and the Sub-Committee could also refuse the application. The decision of the Sub-Committee had to be justified and evidence based.
Councillor J Goodeve raised a number of points on behalf of one of the three objectors. She referred in particular to sight lines and toilet provision as well as staff being at the premises. She also commented on the use of the Town Council CCTV system. The applicant stated that he would be happy to reinforce CCTV coverage by paying for the crowning of trees in Parliament Square.
The applicant confirmed the location of the toilets and also where the bins would be stored. He also referred to commercial viability and stated that The Burger Box would be unlikely to be operational during the winter.
The applicant said that the business would be a Mediterranean-style Bistro and would not be commercially viable without off trade. He stated that it would be coffee led and not alcohol led ... view the full minutes text for item 24