Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub Committee - Tuesday 5th July 2022 10.15 am

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Webcasting Introduction

1.         This meeting is to be webcast. Participants are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking.


2.         The Chairman will read the following announcement:


“I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).


If you are seated in the lower public seating area it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in the possibility that your image will become part of the broadcast.


This may infringe your human and data protection rights and if you wish to avoid this you should move to the upper public gallery.”



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The Chairman made a short address to remind everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast to the internet and would be capable of repeated viewing, which could infringe their human and data protection rights.





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It was noted that Councillor M Sartin was substituting for Councillor D Stocker.




Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

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There were no declarations of interest made pursuant to the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct.




Procedure for the Conduct of Business pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To note the adopted procedure for the conduct of business by the Sub-Committee.


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The Sub-Committee noted the agreed procedure for the conduct of business and the Terms of Reference.




Application for a Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence - Mr A W Leggett

To consider the attached report.


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The Sub-Committee noted that the Taxi Driver could not attend this meeting and so deferred this item to a future meeting.




Licensing Act 2003 - Application for a Premises Licence for Shish Meze, 18 Market Place, Abridge, RM4 1UA pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To consider the attached application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003.


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The three councillors that presided over this application were Councillors J M Whitehouse (Chairman), A Lion and J Jennings.


The Chairman welcomed Mr G Guner, the applicant, and Mr Robert Sutherland, his legal advisor to the meeting. Accompanying Mr Sutherland was Mr J Sollers and accompanying Mr Guner was Mr M Gul, Premises Manager and Mr E Kom, General Manager.


Also, there was Louise Coveney, Environment and Neighbourhoods Officer; and Kelsey Dott and Gary Burke from Essex Police, Licensing.


Andy Newman, consultant, was representing Mr & Mrs Sampson and Mr & Mrs Vance, objectors to this application. Also in attendance was Mrs M Sampson and Mrs S Vance. On behalf of Lambourne Parish Council was Mr T Carter (Parish Clerk) and Councillor M Vance, Essex County Councillor.


The Chairman introduced the Members and officers present and outlined the procedure that would be followed for the determination of the application.


(a)        Application before the Sub-Committee


The Licensing Manager, D King, informed the Sub-Committee that an application had been made by Complete Licensing Limited on behalf of Shishessexlounge Limited for a new premises licence at Shish Meze, 18 Market Place, Abridge, RM4 1UA.


The application was for:

Live Music (Indoors), Recorded Music (Indoors), Performance of Dance (Indoors) and Anything of a similar description to Live Music, Recorded Music or Performance of Dance (Indoors)

            Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 00:00

            Late Night Refreshment (Indoors)

            Monday – Sunday 23:00 – 01:00

            Sale of Alcohol (On and Off)

            Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 01:00

            Opening Hours

            Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 01:00


The applicant has also sought to increase the licensable area to include the first floor.


The application was received on 4th May 2022.


Owing to a failure to display the blue notice as required, the consultation was stopped and restarted on 11th May 2022.


The Operating Schedule sets out conditions which would be attached to the licence if this application was granted.


The Responsible Authorities had all received a copy of the application, it was also advertised at the premises and in a local newspaper.


All residences and businesses within 150 metres radius of the premises were individually consulted.


The authority had received nineteen representations in total.

Seventeen objecting; and two supporting. These were from residents, responsible authorities, and the Parish Council.


There were also responses from Environmental Health, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and Essex County Council Safeguarding; all of whom have no comments to make.


(b)        Presentation of the Applicant’s Case


Mr Southerland advised the Sub-Committee that this was a straightforward application. The applicant already has a licence at present. He drew attention to a table in their bundle of papers, published as a supplementary, that set out the differences asked for by their new licence compared to their existing one. The primary purpose was to enable the dispensing of alcohol on the first floor. A licence would be required to do this.  At present drinks needed to be carried up to the first floor by staff.


The premises would not be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.