Agenda and minutes
Venue: Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
Resolved – That Councillor D Mitchell be appointed Chair for this meeting.
MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Licensing Panel are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members of the Panel were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
No such declarations were made.
The Director of Law and Governance reported upon an application that had been received from Tahona Projects Limited for a Premises Licence in respect of Unit 4, The Curve, Telegraph Road, Heswall.
It was reported that the premises do not currently have a Premises Licence. The hours applied for were set out within the report.
The applicant had submitted an operating schedule setting out how the business would be conducted/managed in accordance with the four licensing objectives. A copy of the full application was available. Members were advised that the proposals set out in the operating schedule may become conditions of the licence should the application be granted. Following discussions with Merseyside Police the applicant had agreed to include a number of conditions on the Premises Licence should the application be granted. Details of these conditions were set out within the report.
In respect of the application, twenty-one representations had been received from local residents. The representations related to concerns of anti-social behaviour and public nuisance that may be caused by customers of the premises as well as parking related issues should the application be granted. The representations also related to strong concerns regarding the operating hours due to the close proximity of the premises to residential properties.
A representation had also been received from Ward Councillor Andrew Hodson who supported the representations submitted by local residents. Copies of all the representations were available.
The applicant attended the meeting together with a colleague. Two local residents who had made representations were also in attendance together with Ward Councillor Andrew Hodson.
The Licensing Officer confirmed that all documentation had been sent and received.
The Licensing Officer outlined the report.
The applicant informed Members of the Panel that he had resided in Heswall all his life and had experience working in licensed premises. He advised that the application for a Premises Licence had been made in order to provide a Mexican restaurant which would operate primarily as a restaurant with background music or live music and for last orders for food to be available until 10.00 pm with a capacity of about 70 seats for the restaurant and 20 people at the bar area and to allow the provision of alcohol until 1.00 am for staff from other hospitality establishments and the community to be able to attend these premises for a drink after they had finished work.
The applicant advised Members that he wanted to provide a safe, relaxed drinking environment and not a night club and that he intended to provide 10% discount cards for staff from other hospitality establishments in the area.
The applicant also advised that he wished to operate a delivery service for takeaways from the rear of the premises and that customers would not be encouraged to congregate outside the premises as there would be no drinking outside, no glasses would be permitted to be taken outside and there would be no seating or heaters in the outside area to encourage individuals to congregate there.