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Introductions and procedure


Councillor Phil Graham welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced officers and members.  The licensing officer introduced herself, the interested parties and the applicant. The procedure for the conduct of the meeting was outlined.



Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Matt Nathan.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Chapman substituted for Councillor Nathan.


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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 95 KB

Additional documents:



That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 May and 1 June 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Sainsburys, 91-93 St John's Street, EC1M 4NU - Premises licence variation pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The licensing officer reported that the applicant had revised the terminal hour to 10pm each day.  It was confirmed that the premises was in a cumulative impact zone.


The residents, in objection to the application, stated that the early hour for the sale of alcohol was a problem as there were two local nightclubs and patrons congregated near the off-licence in the early hours. Passing Alley, next to the premises, was a public nuisance with broken bottles and groups using it as a public toilet. The CCTV installed for the alley did not appear to be much of a deterrent. Groups of people congregated and were intimidating for residents. Sainsbury’s had been there for the lunchtime trade and had closed during lockdown.  Increasing their hours would only benefit the late night club trade. The premises were in a cumulative impact area and patrons would buy alcohol to pre-load before going to the nightclub and visit in the morning once the night clubs had closed. This would be a particular issue on Saturday and Sunday mornings. There were already too many off-licences in the area. If they wished to serve the community, they would not have closed during lockdown.


In response to questions it was noted that large groups of about 15/20 people gathered near the premises between the hours of 8am and 10am.  They would be in various stages of inebriation. The resident had contacted the Council to complain about the issue, particularly regarding drug taking. A resident had seen cans and bottles in their hands but could not be sure where they had been purchased. Residents did not stay around because of the nuisance but stated that groups of 15/20 coming out of nightclubs in the morning was a problem and was concerned with the early licensing hour, 7 days a week. The residents did not accept the reduction in hour as they considered that the issues with litter/broken glass/vape canisters would still occur if the terminal hour was 10pm. It was stated that, Sainsbury’s would provide a magnet for patrons of the nightclubs with the later hours.


The applicant stated that an application had been made in 2013 which was refused.  A further application was made in 2015 which was agreed with the current hours. The applicant stated that 8am to 11pm was within normal framework hours but the concern of residents was appreciated and so the terminal hour had been amended to 10pm. With Covid lockdown the store had lost 90% of the trade overnight as it catered for mainly students and office workers. Supermarkets moved to a greater online market and staff were moved to deal with this. Following the previous hearing in 2015, CCTV and signage had been placed in Passing Alley. This area was monitored although it was not owned by Sainsbury’s. There had been no issues in the morning from the nightclubs and no complaints made by residents. Responsible authorities had objected in 2015 but had not done so on this application.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 157.