Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Worthing Town Hall

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Declarations of Interest / Substitute Members

Members and Officers must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests in relation to any business on the agenda. Declarations should also be made at any stage an interest becomes apparent during the meeting.


If in doubt contact the Legal or Democratic Services representative for this meeting.


There were no substitutions and no declarations of interest made.


Public Question Time

To receive any questions from Members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 11.2


(Note: Public Question Time will operate for a maximum of 30 minutes.)


There were no questions from the public


Licensing Act 2003 – Application for a new Premises Licence at: The Elephant in the Room pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To consider a report by the Director for Communities, copy attached as item 3


Before the Sub-Committee was a report by the Director for Communities, a copy of which was circulated to all Members, a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes as item 3.


Presenting Officer outlines application


The Licensing Officer outlined the application before members. Members were given an update on ongoing mediation and were told that an objection from a resident had been withdrawn. The police had also withdrawn their objection given that the applicant had agreed to additional conditions suggested by the Police. Members were also told that the applicant had volunteered reduced sale of alcohol times which were 12:00 - 22:00 Monday to Thursday, 12:00 - 22:30 Friday to Saturday and 12:00 - 21:00 Sunday. Members were told that both the Police and Environmental Health had provided evidence that there had been no reports of crime, anti social behaviour, noise nuisance in the area.


The applicant confirmed that the Licensing Officer had  provided an accurate outline of the application.


Questions from Members for the presenting Officer


A Member asked about the extent of Temporary Event Notices (TENs) that could be applied for. The Licensing Officer told the Committee that 15 TENs could be applied for over the course of a year. The Police or Environmental Health could offer objections to TENs and the matter would be referred to Members. 


Members also heard that planning conditions stipulated that bottles could not be placed into bins before 10am or after 8pm.


Representation from Resident A


The Resident made a representation which is summarised as follows:


·         The area in which the licence was proposed was not central Worthing and it was inappropriate for the premises to be opened there;

·         There were a number of alcohol outlets in the immediate area that were accessed from different areas. There were issues with pre-loading and drinkers moving from one venue to another. Since another similar venue had opened up recently there had been and increase in anti-social behaviour;

·         Ambient sound from a premises in the day was acceptable but in the evening this noise was amplified and meant that windows could not be left open in the evening;

·         The other objector (who had since withdrawn their application) had reported that life was difficult with the noise and anti-social behaviour on Goring Road;

·         The absence of crime statistics did not mean nuisance was not occurring;

·         The area contained alleyways and sheltered areas for intoxicated people to congregate;

·         Visiting the area in the evening was intimidating;

·         The resident would support the premises if it did not serve alcohol;

·         The resident was cynical about the reduction in the opening hours;

·         The premises was not needed in the area and could be situated elsewhere;


Questions for Resident A from Members


A Member asked why more people had not come forward to object. The resident stated that there was a nuisance and there was a negative effect in the nighttime. The resident felt the issue could have been better publicised.


A Member sought clarification  ...  view the full minutes text for item LCSC/19/19-20