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The minutes of the previous meeting held on 24 January 2023 were agreed and signed as a true record.
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Determination of an application for the grant of a premises licence to allow the sale of alcohol and the provision of late night refreshment at Moores Newsagents, 28 The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AQ PDF 582 KB
The Sub Committee considered the application for the grant of a premises licence to allow the sale of alcohol and the provision of late night refreshment at Moores Newsagents, 28 The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AQ.
The meeting was a hearing under the Licensing Act 2003.
The Chair introduced the members of the Sub Committee.
The applicant, present and entitled to make representations was Mr Yogananthan Ramesh. The applicant’s agent, Mr Ian Rushton, was represented at the hearing by Mr Frank Fender.
The interested parties, present and entitled to make representations were Mr Oliver Bainbridge, Mr George Nightingale, Mr David Weston and Mrs Jeanette Weston.
The Licensing Authority had received representations from Devon and Cornwall Police who were not present.
The Sub Committee’s legal advisor, Giles Salter, outlined the procedure for the meeting.
The Licensing Officer, Lesley Barber, summarised the application and advised that the applicant had provided all necessary documentation. Seven objections had been received from interested parties. Four interested parties were present, with Mr Bainbridge also nominated to speak on behalf of Ms Lynsey Lowthian. The Police had reached an agreed position with the applicant.
Since the publication of the report, updated information had been circulated to all parties and published with the report at Appendix H with three additional supporting documents.
In response to a question from the Sub Committee, the Licensing Officer set out the maximum opening hours of other licensed venues in the vicinity of the application premises.
The interested parties had no questions for the Licensing Officer.
The agent for the applicant, Mr Fender, made the case for the application and highlighted the following points:
· The applicant has made a considerable investment in the premises and now wishes to add the sale of alcohol to complete the convenience store offer.
· The applicant has held a premises licence since 2005 and has an excellent track record, with no breaches of licensing conditions
· Measures which would be in place to uphold the licensing objectives include CCTV, Challenge 25 and staff training, with the type of training set out in the updated information which had been submitted.
· Although representations had been submitted by local residents and businesses, the Police had no objections to the application and the additional conditions set out by the Police had all been accepted by the applicant.
· No other statutory consultees had submitted representations and many other local businesses had also not submitted objections.
· The applicant’s agent, Mr Rushton, had contacted interested parties to explain the application, but this had not resulted in any representations being withdrawn.
· With regard to paragraph 3.6 of the report, it was noted that the applicant is not the premises licence holder for another premises, Premier JC Stores and has never worked at that premises. Issues regarding Premier JC Stores were not relevant to the application under consideration.
· There was no evidence to support concerns regarding potential damage and anti-social behaviour should the licence be granted and there was no basis for making assumptions as to how the ... view the full minutes text for item 25.