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Election of Chairman for the meeting
RESOLVED that Councillor P. J. Whittaker be appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.
No apologies for absence were received.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.
Councillor A. D. Kriss asked for it to be noted that Beacon ward, the ward where the application site was located, came under his County Council ward area.
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked all parties present to provide a brief introduction.
The Chairman asked the Applicant if he was aware that he could have had legal representation. The Applicant confirmed that he had been made aware and was happy for the Hearing to continue.
Councillor A. D. Kriss announced that he had conducted an unannounced site visit, to the site for which the application had been submitted. Councillors M. A. Sherrey stated that she had viewed the site on Google earth and Councillor P. J. Whittaker stated that he was familiar with the site for which the application had been submitted.
The Sub-Committee then considered an application for a Premises Licence, submitted by Mr. Gary Meads, in respect of The Garrity, 18-20 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, B45 8NE.
The application was subject to a Hearing in light of five representations being received from members of the public. The basis of their representations detailed grounds for potential for noise nuisance, increase in crime and disorder and public nuisance. A number of representations also referred to parking issues and that the premises was located in a semi-residential area.
The Technical Officer (Licensing) WRS, introduced the report and in doing so highlighted that the applicant was applying for the following licensable activities:-
Late Night Refreshment (Indoors / Outdoors)
Everyday 23:30 to 23:30
Sale of Alcohol
Everyday 10:00 to 23:30
Members were further informed that no objections to the application had been received from any of the Responsible Authorities.
The Technical Officer (Licensing), WRS, also highlighted that some of the representations received had referred to parking issues and that he would remind Members that these issues were not considered valid representations under the four licensing objectives.
Members stated that at this stage in the Hearing they had no questions for the Technical Officer.
Councillor C. Hotham, speaking as district Ward Member, in objection to the application, on behalf of local residents; questioned why the applicant had not requested live or recorded music on his application.
In response the Technical Officer (Licensing ), explained that under the provisions of the Live Music Act 2012, that no authorisation was required under the Licensing Act 2003 for live or recorded music between 8:00am and 11:00pm.
The Chairman then invited the Applicant, Mr. Meads, to put forward his case in support of his application.
Mr. Meads informed Members that he currently ran the Coach & Horses and the microbrewery on site, in Weatheroak. The Coach & Horses had been a family run business since 1967. He had taken over the family business when his parents had retired, so he knew no other trade, except running the business. During this time, he had always maintained a good relationship with Environmental Health officers and local residents in the village.
The Coach and Horses had a Challenge 25 policy and therefore did not get any trouble at the premises. This was also down to how the premises was run, with staff trained to refuse to serve ... view the full minutes text for item 8/21