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No. Item


Introductions and procedure


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


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Vivien Cutler and Matt Nathan.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Sheila Chapman substituted for Councillor Vivien Cutler and Councillor Marian Spall substituted for Councillor Matt Nathan.



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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business


The order of business would be as the agenda.


Essex Supermarket, 360 Essex Road, N1 - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 5 MB


The licensing officer reported that the hearing submissions from the applicant and a letter of support from 22 residents had been forwarded to the Sub-Committee. These would be interleaved with the agenda papers.


The applicant’s agent stated that the premises was purchased in September and was run by a family who had been experienced licensees since 2008. They had previously run a Nisa and a Londis store in the Borough. The hours proposed were agreed following discussion with the police.  This was a convenience store giving the opportunity for customers to buy all goods under one roof. It was not alcohol led, with around 15% of the space dedicated to alcohol. They did not expect a huge increase in footfall but hoped that existing customers would purchase more when shopping. They had worked with the police and the noise team and agreed a number of conditions including one which stated that the previous owner would take no part in the running of the business.  He understood that there had been a concern about how it had been run previously and stated that the applicant had no link with the previous owner. There had been 8 representations from interested parties. Concerns had been raised regarding need which was not a licensing consideration, the previous revocation, which was not related with these new licensees and also business rivalry. There were a number of noise conditions which dealt with public nuisance. The licensee could not be held responsible for the drunken behaviour of patrons from other premises. He noted the concern regarding underage drinking but stressed that these were experienced operators who had not had any issues previously. They would operate Challenge 25. The applicant was experienced in the business in the local area and would operate a responsible outlet. The agent summarised that the premises was not alcohol led, alcohol was only part of the grocery option, extensive conditions had been agreed, there had been no responsible authority representations and the applicant was committed and had invested in the local area. This was a robust application and he invited the Sub-Committee to grant the application.


In response to questions, the applicant stated that he was the designated premises supervisor and his brother and cousin were currently taking their personal licence exam. One of them would be in the store. They would have staff refresher training on Challenge 25 every six months. Should a customer enter who looked under 25 they would be challenged.  If they could not provide ID they would be refused alcohol and the refusal book completed. They expected local customers to be shopping early from 7am.  They were not intending to sell high strength alcohol over 6% ABV. They could have a minimum can policy. The agent also stated that, regarding the 7am opening time, the police had not raised any concerns regarding this time and he referred to the Home Office guidance which stated that the sale of alcohol hours should be the same as trading hours unless  ...  view the full minutes text for item 213.