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To elect a Chairman for this Hearing
It was proposed by Cllr McAra and seconded by Cllr Page that Cllr Sutton be elected as the Chairman for this meeting of the Alcohol and Licensing Sub-Committee (AELSC).
Cllr Sutton consented to act as Chairman and duly chaired the whole meeting.
Cllr Sutton confirmed the address of the premises which were subject to the hearing which would take place in respect of Agenda Item 3 as Woodies and the Annex, 10-11 and 13 St Pancras, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7SJ.
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, and all members on the Sub-Committee represented wards outside that of the Application premises.
Woodies and the Annex, 10-11 and 13 St Pancras, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7SJ
Application for a 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(c) Notice of any representations withdrawn.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
The Sub-Committee followed the procedure set out on the agenda front sheet. The Sub-Committee membership was as set out at the front of the pack.
The Chairman confirmed the entirety of the meeting would be held in public session (apart from when ALESC retired to consider its decision) and therefore there would be no requirement at any point to pass a resolution to exclude any press representative or the public. The Hearing in this matter was heard using remote technology as provided for under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the relevant Regulations made under the 2020 Act, and was held in a Zoom meeting on Thursday November 2020 at 2pm. The meeting was also livestreamed on the council’s website. All parties were able to participate and could hear and be heard.
Ms Giusj Di Lauro, Litigation and Licensing Lawyer confirmed her role within the hearing. She explained that her role was to advise the Sub-Committee and to ensure that procedure is followed in accordance with Regulations under the Licensing Act 2003. Ms Di Lauro confirmed that she would retire with the Sub-Committee, subject to no objection, in order to ensure that the Principles of Natural Justice were adhered to in the decision making process and to provide any other legal advice, as required. She informed the Sub-Committee that their primary consideration was Section 4 of the Licensing Act 2003 and the four licensing objectives contained within. Ms Di Lauro also advised the Sub-Committee to consider the Chichester District Council Licensing Policy 2016-2021, Home Office Guidance April 2018, Human Rights Act and Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Ms Di Lauro explained that should any advice be provided to the Sub-Committee once they had retired to consider the application, it would be recorded in the decision notice.
The Chairman formally opened the hearing and introduced members of the Sub-Committee and the officers present.
Mr Knowles-Ley confirmed that there had been no change to the list of attendees circulated in advance of the hearing and no representations had been withdrawn.
In response to a question from Ms Di Lauro, Mr Knowles-Ley confirmed that the premises being discussed were 10, 11 and 13 St Pancras. Mr Knowles-Ley explained that 10 St Pancras was the ground floor premises which currently traded as Woodies, 11 St Pancras was the premises located above number 10, 12 St Pancras was a hairdressers and had no involvement in this application and 13 St Pancras is located on the ground floor adjacent to Woodies.
The Chairman sought clarification as to who was in attendance for the Applicant. Mr John Wallsgrove confirmed his representation for the Applicant as the agent. Mr Wallsgrove explained that the applicant Mr Tim Kelly had experienced difficulties in trying to join the meeting, but he assured the Sub-committee that Mr Kelly was contactable via phone should there be any specific questions. The Chairman expressed concern that Mr Kelly was not able to join the meeting as the applicant and (after ... view the full minutes text for item 49.
Consideration of any late items 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.