|Date: Wednesday 17th December 2014 Time: 2.00 p.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale|
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|COUNCILLOR D. ROWBERRY (CHAIR)|
LICENSING ACT 2003 - VARIATION OF PREMISES LICENCE - RAI CONVENIENCE STORE, 1 CWM COTTAGE ROAD, ABERTILLERY.
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The Chair welcomed Residents, Members and Officers to the meeting, which had been convened in order to discuss an application for variation of a premises license issued in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 made by Mrs Virpal Kaur in respect of RAI Convenience Store, 1 Cwm Cottage Road, Abertillery, Gwent.
Representations were received from four 'Other Persons', including one County Borough Councillor and these were submitted with the report. Two 'Other Persons' and the Borough Councillor addressed the Committee outlining the concerns in respect of the application for variation of hours.
At the invitation of the Chair, the objectors outlined the following issues :-
The Ward Member added that he also voiced the concerns of the residents and explained that an extension of the hours would be totally unacceptable and would not benefit the community. An additional 4 hours of alcohol sales would in his view increase public nuisance, crime and disorder in the area and would also affect children travelling to and from school, who would be put at risk. Residents had attempted to be "good neighbours" however it was astonishing that alcohol should need to be sold there, when it was no great distance from a major store in the area. He expressed concern at the level of complaints that he had received since alcohol had been on sale in the premises.
He added that the traffic problems were not part of the licensing objectives and should not be considered by the Committee as steps had already been effected to mitigate the noise nuisance emanating from the property. He concluded by stating that the applicants had considerable business experience and there had been no complaints from the police or any other Responsible Authorities in relation to the property during the tenure of the Licence holders and an extension of the hours would make commercial sense.
The Sub-Committee adjourned to consider the report and all representations made.
In reaching the decision consideration was given to.
Having considered the application for the variation of this Premises Licence and having taken full regard to the representations made to the Sub Committee on behalf of the Applicant and the 'Other Persons', and the Borough Councillor, and having taken such steps as were felt appropriate, the decision reflected the promotion of the licensing objectives being:-
The Sub Committee were aware that they could either:
(a) Modify the conditions on the Licence or
Having heard the representations made from the other persons and the County Borough Councillorwho felt that if the variation were to be granted it could result in the undermining of the four licensing objectives.
The Sub-Committee having listened carefully to the arguments put forward on behalf of the Applicant and the 'Other Persons' and the County Borough Councillor who objected to the variation on the Licence, but found that the problems outlined by the 'Other Persons' could not be attributed to the premises and were satisfied that a variation would not infringe principles under the licensing objectives.
The Sub Committee also having some concerns in relation to public safety and therefore granted a variation of licensing hours for the supply of alcohol from 10.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
The 'Other Persons' and the Applicant were informed that if they wished to appeal against the decision of the Sub-Committee they must appeal to the Clerk to the Justices of Gwent House, Cwmbran within 21 days of receiving the decision in writing.
The Chair thanked everyone for attending and declared the meeting closed.