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Note: Please note that the Sub-Committee membership will now be Mr A Collins, Mr J Connor Mr J W Elliott
Election of Chairman for Hearing
It was proposed by Mr Elliott and seconded by Mr Collins that Mr Connor be elected as the chairman for this meeting of the Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Sub-Committee (AELSC).
Mr Connor consented to act as chairman and duly chaired the whole of the meeting.
Mr Connor confirmed the address of the premises which were the subject of the hearing which would take place in respect to agenda item 3 as being East Walls Hotel 3 East Row Chichester West Sussex PO19 1PD.
Mr Connor ascertained that the AELSC members had received and read the agenda papers for this meeting, namely: (a) the agenda; (b) the agenda supplement, which circulated the officer report which had been unintentionally omitted from the agenda; and (c) a set of proposed conditions to be added in relation to the licensing objectives (including those put forward by the police), which were circulated in a letter dated 27 September 2018 by Mr L Foord (Divisional Manager Communications, Licensing and Events Chichester District Council).
In addition each AELSC member and the officers present had been provided immediately prior to the start of this meeting with an A3 set of the maps and plans in the agenda papers at pages 7, 9, 31, 33, 35 and 37. Additional copies of the maps and plans were made available for the use of the applicant and its representative and to the members of the public who were present to make oral representations or observe during the hearing.
The entirety of the meeting would be held in public session (apart from when the AELSC retired to consider its decision) and so there would be no need at any point to pass a resolution to exclude any press representatives (none in attendance) or the public.
[Note Hereafter in these minutes Chichester District Council is denoted by CDC]
Declarations of Interests
Members and officers are reminded to make any declarations of disclosable pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests they may have in respect of matters on the agenda for this meeting.
There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.
Application for a New Premises Licence:
(a) Chair opens the Hearing.
(b) Items arising from Regulation 6 Notice (Notice of Hearing).
(c) Notice of any representations withdrawn.
(d) The procedure will then follow the Sub-Committee protocol and procedure note attached (pages 1 to 4).
Mr Connor had earlier confirmed the address of the property which was the subject of the new premises licence application (minute 11).
Mr Connor read out the emergency evacuation procedure for the benefit of the members of the public who were present.
Mr Foord advised that there were no issues arising with regard to the regulation 6 notice of hearing.
Mr Connor introduced the AELSC members and the three CDC officers who were present (their names appear in the list on the first page of these minutes). Ms Di Lauro explained her role as the litigation and licensing lawyer. She explained that she was present to give the AELSC legal advice during the hearing and that she would accompany the AELSC when it retired to reach its decision in order to advise it if requested but that she would play no part in the decision it reached.
Mr Connor repeated that the AELSC had read all of the papers and the members were conversant with the representations which had been submitted. When oral representations were made, the speakers did not need to repeat what they had already submitted.
Licensing Officer’s Introduction
Mr Foord introduced his report which had been circulated in the agenda supplement.
The remit of CDC as the licensing authority (LA) at this hearing was to determine a premises licence (PL) application for East Walls Hotel 3 East Row Chichester West Sussex. The application had been submitted by East Walls (Chichester) Limited, which was represented at this hearing Mr C Denny of Innpacked, a company which provided a consultancy service to licensing applicants as well as professional training to the licensed retail and hospitality industry. In addition, the applicants Mr D Haughey and Mrs C Haughey were present.
He apologised for the omission, due to technical reasons during the publishing process, of his report from the agenda papers. Nevertheless all parties had received in advance of this hearing all relevant information in relation to this matter, including that report and the conditions offered by the applicant and agreed in principle with Sussex Police during the representation period.
He pointed out that the LA had received a second comment from Sussex Police on Monday 1 October 2018. This merely clarified its interpretation of the hours within the application, which concurred with the LA’s and the applicant’s view. Reference to the hours would be made during his presentation.
The original application appeared at pages 11 to 37 of the agenda; a summary was set out in para 4.3 of his report (pages 2 and 3 of the agenda supplement). Maps and plans for the subject premises were on pages 7, 9, 31, 33, 35 and 37 of the agenda.
The applicant sought a PL solely for permitting the sale of alcohol (and no other licensable activity) at the East Walls Hotel, which was described as a ‘high class boutique hotel’ with 11 en-suite bedrooms, as follows:
(a) items added to the agenda papers and made available for public inspection;
(b) items which the chairman has agreed should be taken as matters of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be reported at the meeting.
There were no late items for consideration at this meeting.