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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings of the Licensing Committee held on 9 and 22 July 2014 be confirmed and signed.
All Interested Parties
Licensing Committee 4 September 2014 – Morrisons 10-12 London Road SE23 3HF
In the matter of the application for a new Premises Licence the Committee has considered the relevant representations made.
The Committee has made the following determination:
With a view to ensuring the promotion of the licensing objectives, in accordance with the provisions of the statutory guidance and the principles of our licensing policy, the application for a new premises licence was GRANTED subject to the conditions on the applicant’s operating schedule.
In coming to a determination the Committee considered the following matters;
1. The Committee considered the petition submitted and the representations made by local residents that there was a serious drink problem in the area, several school children would be walking past street drinkers and that granting a premises licence would exacerbate the problem. However, the Committee was not given any evidence that granting a licence to Morrison would have any direct effect on street drinking in the area.
2. The Committee noted the presentation by Morrisons; it is a well-run business. Staff receive regular training in alcohol sales, particularly under-age sales and they are a funding partner of Community Alcohol Partnerships which promotes the four licensing objectives.
3. There had been no objections from Responsible Authorities. The Committee considered that the application would promote the licensing objectives.
An appeal may be made against this decision to the Magistrates Court within 21 days from the date of this letter
3.1 The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. She then invited the Principal Licensing Officer to speak.
Principal Licensing Officer
3.2 The Principal Licensing Officer said that this was an application for a new premises licence for Morrisons Local at 10-12 London Road, Forest Hill. The application was for sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, 6am until midnight seven days a week. Objections had been received from local residents and a petition submitted. The Responsible Authorities had not submitted an objection.
3.3 The Principal Licensing Officer said that the premises were currently still trading as a clothes shop. The conditions to be included on the licence were attached on pages 22-23 of the report. The premises were not within the Cumulative Impact Zone, so members could not take into consideration need or the number of alcohol licensed premises in the area.
3.4 The Principal Licensing Officer said that representatives from Morrison were present, and she asked them to introduce themselves. Jon Wallsgrove said that he was Morrison’s legal representative, Kelly Nichols is Licensing Manager and Nicola Wood is the Senior Licensing Manager. Pauline Wright was in attendance, representing objectors; she had organised the petition at the request of local residents.
3.5 The Principal Licensing Officer said that still pictures of the site had been circulated to members at the meeting. A video was shown of the outside of the premises and the area around outside. The Chair then invited the applicant to speak.
3.6 Mr Wallsgrove said that Morrison’s recently moved into the convenience store market. These local stores focus on fresh food and alcohol is secondary to this. Morrison’s Corporate Responsibility Programme is incorporated into their governance structure and they ensure that priorities are focused on responsible sourcing and ethical investment. The DPS will be the Manager of the store; at the present time was Ms Wood, this would change when the stores opens.
3.7 Mr Wallsgrove said that Morrison intend to employ 20 local people; 4/5 would be personal licence holders. All staff would receive training before they were allowed to sell alcohol and they would have to attend training every 6 months. CCTV footage would be kept for 28 days at least and would be available for inspection. Challenge 25 would also be in operation.
3.8 All checkout tills have a challenge 25 prompt when alcohol is scanned. This means that everyone who looks under 25, must provide identification before they can purchase alcohol.
3.9 Amongst other retailers, Morrisons are a funding partner of several community alcohol partnerships, which brings local retailers together to tackle the problem of underage drinking and promotes the four licensing objectives.
3.10 Mr Wallsgrove said that in paragraphs 6.4 and 6.7 of this Council’s Licensing Policy, it states that it is ordinary to sell alcohol for the same hours that the premises are open unless this is not possible because of exceptional credible evidence.
3.11 Councillor Britton referred to page 62 of the agenda. ... view the full minutes text for item 22.