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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Notification of Substitute Members


There were no Substitute Members.


Election of the Chairman


RESOLVED: That Councillor Naghi be elected as Chairman for the duration of the meeting.


Disclosures by Members and Officers


There were no disclosures.


Disclosures of Lobbying


There were no disclosures of lobbying.




RESOLVED: That all items be taken in public as proposed.


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The persons participating in the hearing were identified as follows:


Chairman – Councillor Naghi

Committee Member – Councillor Hinder

Committee Member – Councillor J Sams


Legal Advisor – Mr Robin Harris


Online Facilitator/Democratic Services Officer – Miss Oliviya Parfitt


Democratic Services Officer (in attendance for training purposes) – Mrs Lara Banks


Applicant – Adrian Ghinea


Objector – Councillor Dan Daley


All parties confirmed that they were aware of the Sub-Committee hearing procedure and had each received a copy of the hearing procedure document.


The Sub-Committee agreed to proceed in the absence of the applicant and confirmed that they had read the papers.


The Chairman explained that:


·  The Sub-Committee would allow all parties to put their case fully and make full submissions within a reasonable time frame.


·  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 person attending the hearing who behaved in a disruptive manner may be directed to leave the hearing by the Sub-Committee (including temporarily) after which, such person may submit to the Sub-Committee over the Instant messaging facilitating any information which that person would have been entitled to give orally had the person not been required to leave the meeting. If this is not possible, they may be permitted to speak at the Chairman’s Invitation.


The Chairman enquired whether any draft conditions had been agreed between the applicant and other parties; no draft conditions had been agreed.


The Senior Licensing Officer introduced the application, which had been refused by officers due to the two objections received from the public consultation period, as per the Council’s Street Trading Policy. The public consultation ran between 14 October 2020 to 28 October 2020, with the applicant having exercised their right to appeal through a Sub-Committee meeting. The applicant had referenced the minimum noise generated and licences for similar locations.

The objections concerned the proposed location being a traffic hazard, that would cause obstructions to pedestrians, with specific reference made to disabled and partially sighted members of the public, disturbance and food odours.


The Senior Licensing Officer confirmed that each application should be dealt with singularly by the Sub-Committee Members.


The Objector was invited to make their opening remarks and referenced the location proposed was used as a pedestrian walkway and cycleway with no parking for customers.


A satellite image of the location was shared amongst attendees.


The Objector did not wish to make a closing statement. The Chairman advised that the Sub-Committee would retire for deliberation with the legal advisor present.


The Sub-Committee returned and the Chairman outlined the decision to refuse the application on the grounds that it would cause a nuisance which breached the Council’s Street Trading Policy. The full written decision and reasoning would be provided to all parties within 5 working days. There was no ordinary right of appeal to a magistrate’s court, however the decision could be judicially reviewed by any party if they wished to do so.


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