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Introductions and procedure


Councillor Phil Graham welcomed everyone to the meeting and officers and members introduced themselves.  The procedure for the conduct of the meeting was outlined.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Nick Wayne and Councillor Dave Poyser.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Phil Graham substituted for Councillor Nick Wayne and Councillor Marian Spall substituted for Councillor Dave Poyser.


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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business


The order of business would be as the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 259 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 September 2021 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Boca's, 178-180 St John Street, EC1V 3JY - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 17 MB


The Chair stated that the Sub-Committee had received a lot of late material during the day regarding this application.  The Sub-Committee had not had the opportunity to go through all of this information and he made the suggestion that it may be in the best interests for all concerned to adjourn this item.  The licensing officer stated that it had only become apparent during the day that the premises were expecting to make deliveries and the applicant had accepted delivery conditions from the noise team. The hours had been reduced but had not been agreed with the responsible authorities. The applicant stated that he would be happy to proceed. The police raised concerns about the hearing proceeding but the Licensing Authority stated that ultimately it was the decision of the applicant.


The licensing officer introduced all parties. She reported that there was an outstanding condition regarding vertical drinking that was yet to be agreed. Hours had been reduced from the application to Sunday to Thursday from 10am to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 10am to half past midnight.  Three interested parties had withdrawn their representations after agenda publication.


The Licensing Authority stated that there had been a history of noise complaints with loud music emanating from the ground floor and the basement. This was a very quiet location and she therefore considered that core hours should be applied to the licence.  She had proposed conditions 1-7 although she stated that the Sub-Committee consider condition 1 regarding 6-8 customers waiting for a table in the basement area. Conditions 3-7 had been accepted by the applicant. She objected to a late night delivery service and understood that the noise team had drafted conditions for deliveries which had been sent to members of the Sub-Committee.


The police stated that the last minute material had been confusing.  He stated that he would not want vertical drinking anywhere in the premises although he did not object customers waiting for a table. The applicant had engaged regarding the TENs notices.  He considered that there needed to be a good reason for this licence to be granted outside framework hours and he did not think that in this case the licence was an exception.


The noise officer stated that there should be no regulated entertainment until a full acoustic report had been carried out and checked by the noise team in order to prevent nuisance.  Delivery conditions had been accepted.


A local resident asked for clarification regarding the hours, raised concerns about the delivery service which she had been unaware of and the applicant’s proposals for people congregating on the pavement.


The applicant stated that as soon as they were aware about the noise complaints about the previous licensee they had installed soundproofing in the floor and ceiling.  This was a tapas restaurant offering good food and wine.  He understood the concern about the hours due to the previous operator but this was not a cocktail bar and he encouraged neighbours to visit the premises.  He  ...  view the full minutes text for item 158.