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Election of Chair
To elect a Chair for the meeting
Councillor Norman was appointed Chair of the meeting.
Introductions and Procedures
Chair to arrange introductions and explain the procedure to be followed at the meeting
The Chair, Members and Officers of the Sub-Committee introduced themselves and the Chair outlined the procedures that would be followed.
Declarations of Interest
To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.
No declarations were made on this occasion.
To receive the report of the Head of Public Protection
Report of the Licensing Enforcement Officer
The Licensing Enforcement Officer presented the report which invited the Sub-Committee to consider an application by Paul Holmes for a new Premises Licence in respect of Cater Cater, Unit 2, The Barge Arm, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2DN.
She referred Members to the plans at Appendices 2 and 3 and outlined the hours applied for detailed at paragraph 3.5 of the report.
She confirmed that the Applicant had requested that the licensable activity of the provision of recorded music be removed from the application as it was no longer required. She drew Members’ attention to the proposed conditions at paragraphs 18 and 19 of the report which would be converted into workable, enforceable conditions.
She advised that Gloucestershire Constabulary were satisfied with the operating schedule and the conditions offered up by the Applicant and had made no representation.
She referred to the twelve representations received from local residents, which were contained in Appendix 4, and centred around noise, smoking and antisocial behaviour.
There were no questions of the Officer from Members or the Applicant.
Statement by the Applicant
Mr Paul Holmes, who was accompanied by Mr Austin Powell, stated that his intention was to provide a café/bar on the European model rather than a traditional pub bar. During the day it would be more of a coffee bar with the ability to serve alcohol with incidental background music. In the evenings it would become more of a wine bar and was intended to complement other establishments in the area.
Councillor Williams queried whether the number of customers expected including the outside area. Mr Holmes advised that it was anticipated that there would be approximately fifty at busy times.
The Chair questioned Sunday opening hours and Mr Holmes stated that it was not expected to be late and would probably close at 18.00hrs except on special occasions including Sundays before Bank Holidays. He explained that opening for 5½ days per week would enable the consistent employment of staff.
In answer to a question from Councillor Williams, Mr Holmes advised that a Manager (or trained deputy) and an assistant would be on duty during the day with three or four at busy times with one making coffee, one operating the till, one serving and one clearing.
He advised that Cater Cater had experience of running large events with one thousand people on site at GL1 and at Walls Sports and Social Club. The Police had been called by Cater Cater on only one occasion.
In answer to a question by the Chair Mr Holmes explained that the hours requested were intended to cover special occasions and clarified that maximum opening hours would be the same as hours requested for the sale of alcohol.
The Senior Licensing and Markets Officer confirmed that the public notice of the application had been served correctly.
Mr Holmes confirmed that late night refreshments would only be served indoors.
Statements by Other Persons
1. John McLoughlin
Mr McLoughlin ... view the full minutes text for item 4.