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The Chairman welcomed all participants to the virtual meeting and in doing so, checked that Members of the Sub-Committee, officers and public speakers were present.
The Chairman explained that Councillor M. Glass, Reserve Member, Mr. R. Keyte, Litigation Lawyer and Mrs. A. May, Technical Officer were present observing the meeting.
The Chairman asked the applicant’s representative if she had been made aware that she could be represented by a legal representative at the applicant’s own expense during the Hearing. The applicant’s representative confirmed that she had been made aware and was happy for the Hearing to continue.
The Chairman confirmed that both she and Councillor M. S. Sherrey had carried out an unannounced Site Visit, Councillor A. B. L. English stated that she was very familiar with the area.
The Sub-Committee then considered an application for a street amenity consent in respect of Amber Taverns Limited, The Old Post Office, 117-121 High Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 8AA; to place 7 tables and 28 chairs in the High Street immediately in front of the premises, Monday to Sunday 09:00 hours to 21:30 hours.
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 the Responsible Authorities had been consulted with and that no representations had been received.
One representation had been received from a nearby business, as attached at Appendix 2 to the report.
The Technical Officer drew Members’ attention to the fact the application was received by Worcestershire Regulatory Services on 19th February 2020, however; it was not brought before the Licensing Sub-Committee in March 2020 as licensed premises were closed due to national restrictions following Covid-19 secure guidelines.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. S. Smith Area Manager, Amber Taverns Limited, was asked to put forward the case in support of the application.
Mr. Smith, Area Manager, Amber Taverns Limited, stated that as highlighted by the Technical Officer, the application was submitted before Covid-19 restrictions. However, with social distancing regulations being introduced, staff were now looking at additional extra room and outside space in order to continue to trade whilst following government guidelines on social distancing.
The Slug and Lettuce on the High Street had table and chairs outside.
The pub had been run well for 12 months, although closed for a period of months due to Covid-19. Whilst the pub was open there had been no issues, it was a good amenity for the town.
He had considered the objection received from Mackay Stores Limited and in his opinion, he could not see that the placing of tables and chairs would cause any problems. Amber Taverns in other locations had similar tables and chairs outside without any issues.
The High Street was a nice pedestrian area and a lovely place for people to visit, hence a lot of investment being made on the premises.
In response to questions from the Chairman, Mr. Smith informed Members that ... view the full minutes text for item 7/20