Agenda and minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Committee Services on 01323 410000 

Note: This meeting is being held remotely using Microsoft Teams in accordance with section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and section 13 of the related regulations. 


No. Item


Appointment of Chair


Councillor Belsey proposed and Councillor Swansborough seconded that Councillor Maxted be appointed as Chair for this meeting.


RESOLVED:  That Councillor Maxted be appointed Chair for the meeting.



Minutes of the meeting held on 27 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 130 KB


It was noted that approval of previous meeting minutes was not a required agenda item for Licensing Sub-Committees.


Apologies for absence / declaration of substitute members


There were none.


Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) by members as required under Section 31 of the Localism Act and other interests as required by the Code of Conduct


There were none.


Application for a new premises licence: Chef H, 27-32 Langney Road, Eastbourne pdf icon PDF 265 KB

Additional documents:


The Chair asked each person present to introduce themselves and checked that all parties had received a copy of the procedure for the meeting.


The Agent for the Applicant, Mr Ziya Merton, declared he would be speaking on behalf of the Applicant, Mr Borisov.


The Chair asked the Specialist Advisor, Danielle Ball, to present her report.


The Specialist Advisor presented a report which outlined the application and highlighted relevant policy considerations.


The Chair invited questions from, firstly, the Members and then from the Agent (on behalf of the Applicant) and finally from those parties who had made representations.


There were no questions for the Specialist Advisor.


Following an invitation from the Chair, Paul Thornton from the Eastbourne Licensing Authority (ELA), addressed the Sub-Committee, where he highlighted the grounds for the representation. Namely that the application, in its current form, did not address that the premises were in the Cumulative Impact Zone. In addition, the application lacked the necessary detail (not specific to the premises) and would undermine the licensing objectives.


The Chair invited questions for Mr Thornton, firstly from the Members of the Committee, and then from the Agent (on behalf of the Applicant).


Members sought further explanation on certain view points expressed in the ELA’s representation and asked for clarification on how discussions with the Applicant and his Agent had been managed in the run up to the sub-committee.


The Agent, Mr Merton, had no questions, but took the opportunity to explain the delayed response from the applicant, mentioned in the ELA’s representation.


The Chair then invited Ms Kirsty Rolfe, Civilian Licensing Officer, to address the Sub Committee with the representation from Sussex Police.


Ms Rolfe outlined the concerns of the Police, namely, that granting the application as it stood currently would undermine the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, the prevention of public nuisance and public safety. The Police presented evidence that the premises were in a hot spot for crime and disorder and expressed particular concerns about the proposed late-night hours. Further concerns included lack of detail regarding staff training and that the applicant had not properly addressed or understood the Council’s Cumulative Impact Policy. The Police also noted that the applicant’s representative had not engaged with them about their concerns before the hearing.


Following Ms Rolfe’s presentation, the Chair then invited questions, firstly from the Members of the Committee, and then from the Agent (on behalf of the Applicant).


Members queried the management of mediation opportunities for the application and sought clarification on the views of the police, both from Ms Rolfe and from PC Buck, regarding potential conditions that could be applied to the application.


The Agent, Mr Merton, had no questions and stated that he would seek to address the queries raised in the meeting in his presentation.


The Chair then invited Mr Merton, representing the applicant, to address the Sub Committee.


Mr Merton began with an apology and an explanation for his part in the break down in communications preceding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.