Agenda and draft minutes

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Election of Chair

To appoint a Chair for the meeting.



Councillor Pullen was appointed Chair of the meeting. He introduced those present and outlined the procedure for the appeal hearing.


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.


Appeal against decision to refuse to grant a permit for an A Board for Roots Coffee and Community CIC pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Public Protection.


Additional documents:


Licensing and Enforcement Officer


The Licensing and Enforcement Officer introduced her report which detailed an appeal by Mr Ian Meredith against the decision to refuse an application for a permit to place an A-board on the highway under the Highways Act 1980 by Roots Coffee and Community CIC of 69, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3EH.


She outlined the background to application and drew Members’ attention to the Guide for Licensing Advertising Boards on the Highway attached to the report as Appendix 1.


She advised that an application to place an advertising sign on the highway had been received on 22 September 2015 and is attached to the report at Appendix 2.


The application was circulated for consultation with Development Control (Planning Services), Environmental Protection, Heritage and Gloucestershire Highways, The responses were detailed at Section 5 of the report.


Mr Meredith was informed that the application had been refused on 11 January 2016 and he subsequently appealed the decision which resulted in the appeal being referred to the Sub-Committee for determination.


Mr Ian Meredith


Mr Meredith wished to place on record his appreciation of the helpful manner in which the licensing and enforcement officer had kept him informed of the progress with the application and appeal.


He advised Members that he was a volunteer at Roots which was a voluntary organisation set up to serve the community. Profits were ploughed back into the community and the premises were also a community hub.


As the premises were located in a side street at 69, Alvin Street the sign was useful in directing people there. The main objection centred on the sign not being in Alvin Street as it was not possible to site it on that street. He noted that the sign was within three metres of the intersection with Alvin Street on a wide pavement and was unobtrusive.


He noted that there had been no complaints and he questioned why the Council should raise an objection when the community had not.


He noted that the Council was trying to be more involved with the community and, where possible, to support community projects where there were no cost implications.


He believed that the application was a prime example of where the Council could provide such support at no cost. He drew Members’ attention to the word ‘normally’ in the guidance and made an appeal for common sense.

The Chair stated that all Members supported the work of Roots but the Sub-Committee had to have due regard to legislation. He asked for further details of the work undertaken in order for the sub-Committee to see how the sign impacted on the work of the organisation.


Mr Meredith stated that Roots provided a community hub for Kingsholm. The NHS, Gloucester City Homes and the City Council booked rooms in the premises and other activities including craft based sessions attracted people from further afield.


In answer to a question, he estimated that 70 per cent of the coffee bar trade was from Kingsholm but events  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


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