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Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) by members as required under Section 31 of the Localism Act and of other interests under the Code of Conduct.
None were declared.
Report of Specialist Advisor.
All parties present introduced themselves and the Chairman detailed the procedure to be followed at the meeting.
The Specialist Advisor for Licensing outlined the report detailing the application to vary a premises licence for Dominos Pizza, 1 Langney Road. Details of the current premises licence and variation sought were appended to the report.
When submitting an application for a variation to a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003, the applicant is required to describe any steps they intend to take to promote the four Licensing Objectives, as defined by the Licensing Act 2003. These were appended to the report at Appendix 1.
The premises in question was located within the Cumulative Impact Zone and where valid representations were received, the Cumulative Impact Policy creates a rebuttable presumption that the application be refused. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate that granting the application would not add to the cumulative impact caused by licensed premises and challenges already experienced in the area and would not undermine the promotion of the licensing objectives.
In response to a question from the Sub-Committee, the Specialist Advisor for Licensing advised that no complaints had been received when Dominos Pizza had operated at the Grove Road premises.
Following a consultation period of 28 days, two representations had been received and there were appended to the report.
Mediation had taken place between Sussex Police and the applicant and it was agreed to remove the sale of alcohol from the licence, add conditions in relation to the CCTV system, a refusal and incident book. This was detailed at appendix 4 to the report.
Mrs Helen Hughes addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of local traders and residents in the area. She stated that there had been an increase in noise and congestion since Dominoes had started trading in Langney Road and there were a lack of legal parking spaces compared with the amount of vehicles utilised by Dominos Pizza.
Mrs Hughes feared that an increase to the opening hours would be detrimental and increase the problems faced in the area, including people congregating and waking residents in the early hours. She stated that the area had improved since several food outlets had stopped trading before midnight.
In response to a question from the Sub-Committee, Mrs Hughes acknowledged that since February 2017, any specific incidents of anti-social behaviour could not be directly linked to Dominos Pizza. She added that although the premises would put steps in place to address anti-social behaviour, the area had to deal with the aftermath of customers leaving the premises and congregating in the area.
Mrs Lucia Singh, applicant and owner addressed the Sub-Committee and advised them that there was a nearby pizza outlet in Susans Road that already had a licence and was open until 3:00 am and kebab shops in Langney Road were also open until the early hours. She stated that she was willing to take steps to ensure that delivery drivers were courteous and respectful when driving through the town. ... view the full minutes text for item 2.