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Election of Chairman
RESOLVED that Councillor P. J. Whittaker be appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.
It was noted that there had been a change to the Membership of the Sub-Committee and that Councillor A. D. Kriss was in attendance as the Reserve Member.
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.
There were no declarations of interest.
The Chairman welcomed all participants to the virtual meeting and in doing so, checked that Members of the Sub-Committee, officers and the Applicant were all present.
The Chairman asked the applicant if he had been made aware that he could be represented by a legal representative at his own expense during the Hearing. The applicant confirmed that he had been made aware and was happy for the Hearing to continue.
Councillor A. D. Kriss, Reserve Member confirmed that he had carried out an unannounced Site Visit to the proposed trading site. All other Sub-Committee Members stated that they were familiar with the area.
The Sub-Committee then considered an application for street trading consent to sell hot and cold food and drinks from a unit sited on the car park at the rear of 4 Drakes Cross Parade, Hollywood, Worcestershire, B47 5HD.
The Technical Officer, Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) outlined the details of the application, together with the reasons why the application had been brought before the Sub-Committee.
It was confirmed that representations had been received from Rubric Lois King, Solicitors acting on behalf of a neighbouring business; and from residential neighbours, as detailed at Appendices 2 and 3 to the report.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. I. Prust, the applicant was asked to put forward his case in support of his application.
Mr. Prust informed Members that he had traded as a pizza company based in Bromsgrove for seven years. Due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions a lot of the events he would have traded at, had been cancelled. So, he looked at opportunities to diversify the business and looked into ‘pop up’ events, trading as a street trader.
Mr. Prust further explained that, at the site he had applied for, the car park at the rear of No. 4 Drakes Cross Parade; he worked in partnership with the owner of a local café / coffee shop, at No 4 Drakes Cross precinct. He parked his pizza van on the car park at the rear of the café / coffee shop premises. The road was a private road and a service road for the shops.
Customers wanting to purchase a pizza were not served from his vehicle. He also did not serve hot drinks from his vehicle because of working in partnership with the café / coffee shop, which served hot drinks.
Customers ordered their pizzas via the café / coffee shop, the pizzas were then made and cooked in the pizza van and then provided to customers via the café / coffee shop; at no point were members of the public allowed to purchase pizzas directly from his vehicle. There were no facilities to take cash or card payments from customers.
The land at the rear of the café / coffee shop was private land. In response to the representations received with regards to parking; there were at least twelve parking spaces for the shops of which six were used regularly. There was always space for his ... view the full minutes text for item 7/20