Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.


Substitute Councillors

The Chief Executive to report any notifications received prior to this meeting regarding the attendance of substitutes for the named Councillors on the Sub-Committee.


There were no substitute councillors present.


Declaration of any Interests by Councillors or Officers

TO RECEIVE any declarations of lobbying or whipping and for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-


  1. Disclosable pecuniary interests
  2. Other significant interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)
  3. Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests


Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

·       Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

·       Where a Member knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

·       Where an item would affect the well-being of a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.


[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].


Councillor Todd made a voluntary announcement that one of the Other Persons was known to him.


Minutes of previous meetings pdf icon PDF 76 KB

TO CONFIRM as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on the following dates:  28 August 2018, 11 September 2018, 18 September 2018, 2 October 2018 and 28 May 2019.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the previous meetings held on 28 August 2018, 11 September 2018, 18 September 2018, 2 October 2018 and 28 May 2019 were agreed as a true record.


Order of business pdf icon PDF 41 KB

TO NOTE – the order of business for all premises licence cases to be heard during the meeting.


This was NOTED.


Licensing Act 2003 - Premises Licence for 3 Oxford Street, Whitstable pdf icon PDF 15 MB




The Applicant, Mr Thomas, was present at the meeting, along with Mr Pastell and Mr Feast, Other Persons.  Also in attendance as observers for training purposes were Councillors Caffrey, Dekker and Kenny.


The council’s Licensing Officer introduced the application for the Grant of a Premises Licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 for 3 Oxford Street, Whitstable.  He explained that councillors had conducted a site visit earlier in the day and that the agenda had been prepared and published in accordance with the Council’s constitution. 


For clarity, the Licensing Officer explained that the garden area would not form part of the premises licence, but that a small part would be used as a smoking area.  Consumption of alcohol would take place within the premises only.


The Applicant addressed the Sub-Committee and made points including:


1)       The application was for a half Croatian bar with a similar feel as a wine bar.  This was due to the applicant being half Croatian.

2)       The garden area being closed off would eliminate noise and there would be no smoking or drinking outside the front of the premise.

3)       There would be a lobby area the rear and secondary glazing at the front.  Doors would be kept shut to keep noise from escaping.


Councillors then asked questions of the Applicant and points made included the following:


4)  All staff would be fully trained and have knowledge of the licensing objectives. 

5) It was anticipated that there would be two or three staff on duty at one time.

6)  CCTV cameras would be in operation at all times, both within and outside of the premises, including the smoking area and footage would be available for up to 31 days.

7)  Anybody who was considered to be drunk would be asked to leave by staff.  Police would be called in an emergency situation.

8) At any time, at least one member of staff would have first aid training.

9) All windows and doors would be kept shut past 19:00 hours.

10) There would be no plumbed in extraction system, but plug in fans would be used if needed.

11) Deliveries would be made to the front of the premises.

12) Rubbish (including empty bottles) would be kept in bins in a private area behind the smoking area.  Bottles would not be emptied at an unreasonable time.  It was hoped to have bin collections from the rear of the premises but that would depend on discussions with the neighbouring church.

13) A sound check had been carried out but no issues raised.

14) The Applicant’s telephone number would be made available in case of issues during opening hours.

15) Security staff had not been considered at this stage, but could be investigated if found to be needed.

16) The outside area would be patrolled regularly for litter.

17) Children under the age of 18 would only be admitted if accompanied by an adult before 21:00 hours.  After this time, nobody under the age of 18  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Any other urgent business


No urgent business was discussed.


Exclusion of the press and public

TO CONSIDER - Whether to exclude the public from all or part of the hearing where the Panel consider that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public.


(This matter may also be raised at any time during the hearing).


(Where a hearing takes place with the public excluded, audio recording will not take place whilst the public are so excluded).


Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the local government act 1972 or the freedom of information act 2000 or both


There was no other urgent business to be discussed.