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Agenda and draft minutes
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Contact: Caroline Matthews 01622 602743
Apologies for Absence
It was noted that apologies for absence had been received from Councillor B. Hinder.
Notification of Substitute Members
It was noted that Councillor Mrs W Hinder was substituting for Councillor B Hinder.
Election of Chairman
RESOLVED: That Councillor Garten be elected as Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
Councillor Mrs Hinder advised that she had used the Cavendish a couple of months ago. There were no other disclosures by Members or Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
RESOLVED: That all items be taken in public as proposed.
The Chairman requested that all those persons participating in the hearing identified themselves as follows:-
Chairman – Councillor Patrik Garten
Committee Member – Councillor Denise Joy
Committee Member – Councillor Wendy Hinder
Legal Advisor – Mr Robin Harris
Committee Clerk – Mrs Caroline Matthews
Licensing Officer – Mrs Lorraine Neale
Applicant – Tania Cizmic
Other Persons (Objectors) -
Mr Diplip and Mrs Chandrika Patel (represented by Mrs Joyce Breeder)
All parties confirmed that they were aware of the Sub-Committee hearing procedure and that each party had received a copy of the hearing procedure document.
The Chairman explained that:
The Sub-Committee would allow all parties to put
their case fully and make full submissions within a reasonable
The procedure would take the form of a discussion
led by the Sub-Committee and they would usually permit cross
examination conducted within a reasonable timeframe.
Any persons attending the hearing who behaved in a
disruptive manner may be directed to leave the hearing by the
Sub-Committee (including temporarily) and thereafter the person may
submit to the Sub-Committee in writing any information which the
person would have been entitled to give orally had the person not
been required to leave the hearing.
The Sub-Committee confirmed that they had pre-read all the papers and any other documents contained in the report regarding the hearing.
The Chairman enquired whether any draft conditions had been agreed between the licence holder and any other parties for the Sub-Committee to consider. Both the Applicant and Objectors confirmed that there had not been any agreed.
The Legal Officer outlined the application for a Premises Licence for the Cavendish which included for the sale of alcohol and the provision of live music indoors. It was noted that the premises did not require an Entertainments Licence for its proposed activities.
Members of the Sub-Committee were advised that the Police had withdrawn their representations after agreeing conditions with the Applicant.
It was also noted that objections had been received on the grounds of public nuisance.
The Applicant was invited to provide her opening remarks.
Miss Cizmic advised the Hearing that her partner and herself had taken over the Cavendish in February 2019 and felt that they had improved the choice for customers. To illustrate this, Miss Cizmic explained that they had introduced Afternoon Teas which had proved popular but customers were asking if they could have a glass of Prosecco or wine with it but the Applicant said that she and her partner had to decline as they were not licensed to do so. Hence the reason for the application so they could sell alcohol.
Miss Cizmic also made the following points:-
That they had held two private events since opening,
one of which finished around 9 p.m. but they did not want to make
this a regular occurrence as they worked long hours
Regular events had included Flower Arranging Classes
and Supper Clubs.
· That the application form did not allow for any explanation of what sort of events they intended to ... view the full minutes text for item 7.