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Items
No. Item

101.

Introductions and procedure

Minutes:

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

102.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Vivien Cutler and Matt Nathan.

103.

Declarations of substitute members

Minutes:

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

104.

Declarations of interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

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In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

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(e) Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

105.

Order of Business

Minutes:

The order of business would be as the agenda.

106.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 79 KB

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Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meetings held on the 3 January 2020, the 9 January 2020 and the 23 January 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them as soon as practicable.

107.

Kiss Me Lounge, 326 Essex Road, N1 - Premises licence variation pdf icon PDF 8 MB

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Minutes:

The Licensing Officer reported that the Noise Team had put forward additional conditions, which had been agreed by the applicant.  The Noise Team had therefore withdrawn their objection.

 

The Licensing Authority’s representative stated that she had seen the new conditions put forward by the Noise Team and the Police, but some anomalies remained e.g it was not clear whether six or eight smokers were to be permitted outside the premises. The current licence permitted only six at any one time.  The applicant needed to be clear about how many smokers were to be permitted both at the front and the rear of the premises.  The applicant was proposing to offer a take away food facility in sealed containers, but had mentioned in their application that there would be deliveries of take-away food by motorised vehicles. She questioned whether the applicant would restrict the music they intended to play to classical and jazz music.  Condition 18 referred to the monitoring of patrons who were drinking in the garden area, yet elsewhere in the application it was stated that no-one would be permitted outside. Police and Licensing Officers had visited the premises on 17 April at 11.00am following complaints about noise from the premises and a noisy flue.  They found seven men on the premises playing cards. One of these men lived in the basement of the premises and the rest lived above.  They had direct access into the restaurant. She queried why they had broken Covid19 regulations by gathering in this way and why they had been allowed into the restaurant? The Council’s Licensing Policy required high standards of management from its licence holders.  The variation in hours requested by the applicant, until 00:30 Sunday to Wednesday and until 01:30 Thursday to Saturday, were not in line with the Council’s conditions for take-away food which were midnight.

 

The Licensing Officer drew the Committee’s attention to the fact that the complaint referred to on 11 April was at 11.00pm at night and related to noise from an air conditioning unit.

 

One of the objectors to the application stated that the 77 page agenda document, which contained representations from 15 residents, the Police and the Council’s Noise Team, was robust and damning of the application. He went on to say that the written response from Kiss Me Lounge did not respond to the substance of the representations made by local residents, particularly with regards to public health and nuisance issues. Neither had they responded to the points made about secondary smoke risks to residents. Their plan to restrict smokers to the outside area at the rear and until 1.00am did not respond to the representations made by local residents. He referred to another incident at the premises on 5 April, for which he had photographic evidence, of a barbecue party in the rear area, where patrons were smoking. In addition, there was a patron smoking at the front of the premises. He said that even he was able to detect tobacco smoke and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 107.