Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Wednesday 6 December 2017 10.00 am, PROVISIONAL

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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

Councillor Bardoe was proposed, seconded and duly elected Chairman of the meeting.

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

4.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items for the Sub Committee to consider.

5.

Rules of Procedure pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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6.

Application by Naaz Limited for a New Premises Licence for a Domino's Pizza Store at 62 London Road, Stone, Dartford, Kent. DA2 6AN pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub Committee received a report from Ms Philpott the Licensing Manager setting out the details of an application for a new premises licence under section 34 of the 2003 Licensing Act.

 

The Application proposed the provision of late night refreshment in the form of a pizza delivery service and retail outlet.  The following hours of operation were proposed,

 

·         for pizza delivery and take away sales from 11.00pm until 1.00am

·         and the delivery of food only until 3.00am,

 

from Monday to Sunday.

 

Ms Philpott explained that the Applicant had been inadvertently operating unlicensed for several years but had ceased when this was discovered, and had applied for a licence immediately.

 

Ms Philpott informed the Sub Committee that a number of conditions for inclusion in any Licence had been agreed between the Police and the Applicant in relation to the Licensing objective “Crime and Disorder” and that other Responsible Authorities had not commented on the Application.

 

However it was further reported that local ward Councillors had registered concerns regarding the proposed operating hours and the “Prevention of Public Nuisance” objective of the licensing policy.

 

Accordingly the Chairman introduced Mr Mumtaz, Mr Keira and Mr Semaan and asked that they present their Application to the Sub Committee for consideration.

 

Mr Mumtaz made the following points

 

The Dominoes brand was a well - known franchised operation and the parent Company was very keen to maintain a solid reputation which supported local causes and offered the best possible service to its clientele.

 

Accordingly Dominoes would withdraw the franchise from any outlet where the reputation was damaged, thus it was in the interest of the franchisees to perform to a high standard, to keep the outlet clean and litter free, and provide the best customer experience possible.

 

Mr Mumtaz explained that the store had not received any complaints regarding litter or late night disturbance, during the period that it had been operating unlicensed, and also understood that no complaints had been made to the Responsible Authorites.

 

Additionally Mr Keira provided statistics which demonstrated that the numbers of customers visiting the store after 11.00pm was quite small – less than 15% of their turnover.

 

Mr Samaar informed the Sub Committee that Dominoes practiced a “good neighbour” approach to retailing, undertaking educational and charitable work, and retailed a top quality product.  He stressed that he had spent 18 years at this site and had, as far as he was aware, received no complaints relating to litter or anti - social behaviour.

 

He was critical of comments made by the objector as there appeared to be no solid evidence to support assertions of littering and the like.

 

Members asked the following questions:

 

For how long were you operating extended hours unlicensed?

 

For about four years.

 

We understand that parking problems have occurred due to your customers, is this so?

 

We are aware that passing car trade has caused problems with pavement parking, but this is at a very low level.

 

The store attracts “walk in” trade  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.