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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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