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Contact: Philippa Turvey; Senior Governance Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

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Members must also declare if they are subject to their party group whip in relation to any items under consideration.

 

3.

Application for New Premises Licence - Little Europe, 715 Lincoln Road pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

 

 

DECISION NOTICE - LICENSING ACT 2003 SUB-COMMITTEE

 

APPLICATION OF THE PREMISES LICENCE – LITTLE EUROPE, 715 LINCOLN ROAD, PETERBOROUGH

 

13 JANUARY 2015

 

This Decision Notice refers to the application for the premises licence Little Europe, 715 Lincoln Road, Peterborough.

 

The Sub-Committee have considered the representations made to us today and in writing from:

 

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Councillor Swift, Ward Councillor
  • Councillor Shearman, a Local City Councillor and representative of the Victoria Park Residents Association
  • Brian Gascoyne, Chairman of Millfield and New England Regeneration Partnership (MANERP)
  • The Applicant’s Legal Representative

 

The police in their own words offer a ‘fairly neutral’ representation and say there is little crime reported in the immediate area where the premises are situated. However, they say that within the Cumulative Impact area there is a significant concentration of licensed premises.

 

Cllr Shearman, as the representative for the Victoria Park Residents Association, tells us that there is significant alcohol related crime throughout the area and that residents are against the granting of another off licence for a general store style of shop.

 

Brian Gasgoyne, representing MANERP, also has concerns over alcohol related crime within the area and any increase in licensed premises.

 

Cllr Swift tells us that the area is much improved regarding alcohol related crime and that with a large Eastern European representation in the area, that they should be able to purchase alcohol from this store.

 

We have disregarded any representations of ‘need’ and any proposed planning permissions for a superstore.

 

The premises lie within an area designated as a cumulative impact zone known as the ‘Op Can-do’ area, incorporating mainly the Millfield and New England areas of the City. On 18 April 2013 the Licensing Authority adopted a special policy concerning this area.

 

This area suffers from a proliferation of outlets selling alcohol. Many such outlets trade with ‘off sales’ licences, these premises being off licences and small grocery shops.

 

The ‘Op Can-do’ partnership with the City Council, Policy, NHS and Community Groups is designed to address the issues caused by the sale of alcohol in this area.

 

These issues include alcohol abuse, which adversely affects the health of many of the residents who live in the area.

 

There are issues relating to street crime and anti-social behaviour in the area as a whole which are a drain on Police and the Authorities’ resources.

 

We are concerned with the increase in alcohol consumption and the detrimental effects it has on the community.

 

There is a rebuttable presumption not to grant further premises licences in a cumulative impact zone. However, the Licensing Authority recognises that such a policy is not absolute.

 

In order to rebut the presumption not to grant, applicants need to address the special policy issues in the operating schedules and demonstrate why the operation of the premises will not add to the cumulative impact already being experienced.

 

In our deliberations we have considered:

 

-       Our own Statement of Licensing Policy at paragraph 11,

-       The Government guidance at paragraph 13.29 and 13.30,

-       The  ...  view the full decision text for item 3.

Minutes:

1. Apologies for Absence

There were no apologies for absence received.

 

2. Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

 

3. Application

 

Little Europe, 715 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 3HD

3.1

 

Application Reference

 

070476

3.2   

Sub-Committee Members

Councillor (Chairman) Thacker

Councillor Hiller

Councillor Casey

 

3.3   

Officers

Terri Martin, Regulatory Officer – Licensing

Colin Miles, Lawyer – Legal Advisor to the Sub-Committee

Philippa Turvey, Senior Governance Officer – Clerk to the Sub-Committee

 

3.4   

Applicant

 

Mr Aidas Meckauskas

3.5   

Nature of Application

Application Type

 

Application for a new premises licence.

 

Authorisations and Times Applied For

 

  • Sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises

 

Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 21.00

Sunday 10.00 to 20.00

 

  • Hours premises are open to the public

 

Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 21.00

Sunday 10.00 to 20.00

 

Summary of New Premises Licence Application

 

In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, following the submission of an application for a new premises licence for Little Europe, 715 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 3HD, which had attracted representations from a Responsible Authority, a Ward Councillor, a Councillor and Millfield and New England Regeneration Project (MANERP), the Licensing Authority was required to hold a hearing.

 

A summary of the issues raised by persons objecting to application included:

·        Application falls within the Cumulative Impact Area, an area identified within the Councils Statement of Licensing Policy as already saturated with licensed premises.

·        Area suffers with a high level of anti-social behaviour fuelled by alcohol, which could be exacerbated by another off licensed premises.

·        Evidence does still exist of a negative impact caused by alcohol within the area, e.g. street drinking, alcoholism and domestic violence.

·        High level of crime in the vicinity.

·        The proposed DPS (Designated Premises Supervisor) is already responsible for other licensed premises, suggest another DPS for this premises if the licence is granted.

·        Proposed extra conditions, if the licence is granted in relation to single and double vessels of alcohol above 6.5 abv (alcohol by volume) and public liability insurance.

 

A summary of the issues raised by persons supporting the application included:

·           Alleged consumption of alcohol in the area is declining due to closure of on-licensed premises

·           Area improvements by various agencies mean that the problems historically experienced in the direct locality are declining.

The premises is located away from the high concentration area of Can Do.

3.6   

Licensing Objective(s) under which representations were made

3.7                  1. The Prevention of Crime and Disorder

3.8                  2. The Prevention of Public Nuisance

3.9                  3. The Protection of Children from Harm

3.10               4. Public Safety

3.11                

3.7

Parties/Representatives and witnesses present

 

The Licensing Authority

 

The Regulatory Officer, who presented the case on behalf of the Licensing Authority.

 

Applicant

 

The Applicant, Mr Aidas Meckauskas, and the Applicant’s Representatives, Mr Daniel Oscroft.

 

Responsible Authorities

 

PC Grahame Robinson, Cambridgeshire Constabulary

 

Ward Councillors

 

Councillor Swift

 

Other Persons

 

Councillor Shearman

 

Brian Gascoyne, MANERP

 

3.8

Pre-hearing considerations and any decisions taken by the Sub-Committee relating to ancillary matters

There were no pre-hearing considerations.

 

3.9

  Oral representations

 

The Regulatory Officer addressed the Sub-Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.