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There were no declarations of interest.
The procedure for hearings at Licensing Panels was noted by all parties.
The application was for variation to the Premises Licence to;
(1) Extend the permitted hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises from the current 06:00 – 23:00 Monday to Sunday, to 00:00 – 24:00 (i.e. 24 Hours a day) Monday to Sunday
(2) Remove condition 14 of the Licence conditions (concerning the licensable activity of the provision of Late Night Refreshment), so as to permit the provision of both hot food and hot drink between the hours of 23:00 – 05:00 Monday to Sunday
(3) Vary condition 13 of the Licence conditions to read “The entrance door to the shop will be closed to customers between the hours of 23:00 and 05:30. Any sales between these hours will be made through the night pay window”
(4) Change the registered address details of the Licence holder as stated on the Licence to read that St Albans address as stated in the application
The Panel carefully considered all the information presented, both written and oral, from:
together with reference to the appropriate Licensing objectives and provisions under the Licencing Act 2003, the Home Office Guidance issued in respect of the same and having regard to the Council’s own Statement of Licensing Policy.
At the conclusion of the proceedings, all participants present confirmed that they had been given the opportunity to say all they wished to say. It had been acknowledged at the commencement of the Panel hearing that everyone present had all the relevant documentation before them and had an opportunity to read the material.
The Panel noted that while there had been one representation made by Thames Valley Police in respect of customers’ possible use of the entrance door to the shop after 23:00, this had been mediated with the applicant, resulting in the above-referred sought variation to Licence condition 13. It had been agreed with Thames Valley Police’s Licensing Officer that the entrance door of the premises would be closed to customers between the hours of 23:00 and 05:30. Subsequent to this amended condition proposal which had been agreed with the applicant, no further representations had been received from the Police or any other Responsible Authority.
The Panel reached its decision with a view to promoting the four Licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, being the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm, noting the particular relevance of the prevention of public nuisance and the prevention of crime and disorder objectives in this application as a result of representations received orally and in writing from interested parties.
The Panel noted that the Applicant’s premises, including shop, is already open for business 24 hours a day and that in accordance with Home Office Guidance issued under The Licensing Act 2003, shops, stores and supermarkets should normally be free to provide sales of alcohol for consumption off the premises during any times when ... view the full minutes text for item 16.