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Licensing Act 2003 - Application to vary a premises licence at Londis, 97-99 St. Richard's Road, Deal
The Sub-Committee is requested to determine the application.
Applicant: Sornavadivel Sornaraj
The following papers are attached.
(i) Licensing Team Leader’s.
(ii) Appendix A – Application to vary the premises licence.
(iii) Appendix B – Existing licence.
(iv) Appendix C – Map of the area.
(v) Appendix D – Representation.
The procedure to be followed by the Sub-Committee is attached to this agenda.
The Sub-Committee considered an application from Sornavadivel Sornaraj in respect of Londis, 97-99 St Richard’s Road, Deal. The application was for the variation of a premises licence as follows:
Supply of Alcohol (for consumption OFF the premises
and the removal of the following condition
‘Alcohol shall not be sold in an open container or be consumed in the licensed premises.’
On the basis of the representations of the applicant’s representative and other persons, the Sub-Committee found the following facts to be established:
(i) There had been no representations made by any of the Responsible Authorities, including the Police.
(ii) One representation was received from Councillor A S Pollitt (ward councillor). Within his representation he stated that he would be satisfied if the premises were to have a licence from 7am. No representations were received from any local residents, including those in the nearest neighbouring properties.
(iii) The Licensing Enforcement officer advised that other stores in the Mill Hill area were licensed from 06:00 to 23:00 hrs and were permitted to serve alcohol. The actual opening hours of the stores were not for the consideration of the Licensing Sub-Committee.
(iv) Mr Bartlett advised that Mr Sornaraj owned three other stores in the area and that each were managed responsibly, complying with all of the licensing objectives. The Licensing Enforcement Officer confirmed that no complaints had been made about the running of those premises. Councillor Pollitt had made reference to a premises in Dover but this was not managed by the applicant.
(v) Councillor Pollitt stated that the variation would increase crime and disorder and create a public nuisance. The store was on a busy road and located at a busy junction with St Mary’s School 300 yards away from the premises. Mr Bartlett told Members that there was parking at the Londis store for up to 6 vehicles and pupils started school at 08:45 hrs.
(vi) It was acknowledged that St Richard’s Road was a busy road. Between the hours of 06:00 – 07:00 hrs the road was quiet and it was not anticipated that there would be a rush of customers to the Londis Store at these times. It was thought that alcohol purchases would generally be made in addition to customer’s usual purchases and not their sole purchase.
(vii) Section 137 of the Licensing Act 2003 states that it is an offence to display alcohol at times when licensable activity is not permitted. The hours requested were required to bring the permitted sale of alcohol in line with the opening hours of the store.
(viii) Having met with PC S Noddings, Mr Sornaraj offered to implement three additional measures within the operating schedule to promote the licensing objectives (as shown in the report).
(ix) In addition, Mr Sornaraj requested that the following condition be removed from the existing licence:
‘Alcohol shall not be sold in an open container or be consumed ... view the full minutes text for item 38.