Agenda and minutes

Venue: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall

Contact: Katy McMullan
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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. Members and Officers may seek advice upon any relevant interest from the Monitoring Officer prior to the meeting.


There were no substitute members.

There were no declarations of interest.


Public Question Time

So as to provide the best opportunity for the Committee to provide the public with the fullest answer, questions from the public should be submitted by midday on Wednesday 10 May 2023.


Where relevant notice of a question has not been given, the person presiding may either choose to give a response at the meeting or respond by undertaking to provide a written response within three working days.


Questions should be submitted to Democratic Services -


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


There were no questions from members of the public.


Members Questions

Pre-submitted Members questions are pursuant to rule 12 of the Council & Committee Procedure Rules.


Questions should be submitted by midday on Wednesday 10 May 2023 to  Democratic Services,  

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


There were no questions from members.


Licensing Act 2003 – Application for a new Premises Licence. pdf icon PDF 21 MB

To consider a report by the Director for Communities, copy attached as item 4.

Additional documents:


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


Presenting Officer outlined the application


The Licensing Officer outlined the application explaining that there had been two representations from responsible authorities, Sussex Police and WBC Environmental Health team, both of which had been mediated successfully and had been withdrawn. He also clarified that there had been seven representations made by members of the public.


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


Questions from Members for the presenting Officer


Members asked for clarification over whether the applicant would need a separate licence to play live music and the Officer explained that if a premises has an alcohol licence they are exempt from having to apply for further permission to play live and recorded music from 8am to 11pm.


Representation 1 from a member of the public, a resident


A local resident made a representation expressing how the antisocial behaviour and live music played at the premises when it was previously licensed had adversely affected his and his neighbour’s lives. He described how he had made a noise complaint to the Council but the noise diary they had provided him was more suited to the monitoring of noisy residential neighbours whilst the noise at the premise in question was intermittent but nonetheless disruptive. He advised the Committee that he did not object to a bar/cafe being on the site but would like some restrictions on the live music. As part of his representation, the resident had provided Officers with a video he had come by via social media, of the premise during a live music event. This was played for the Committee.


The Legal Officer explained that, as the origin of this video was unknown, Members should consider carefully the weight they gave it during their deliberations


The Licensing Officer clarified that this Committee were unable to apply restrictions to a licence regarding the hours music could be played.


Representation 2 from a member of the public, a resident


A local resident made a representation reiterating the concerns expressed by the first resident. He also highlighted that he had observed vertical drinking at the premises and customers not ordering food with their drinks and explained that on the occasions he had attempted to talk to the employees from the bar regarding the loud music and antisocial behaviour he had found their manner to be uninterested, dismissive and threatening.


Representation 3 from a Ward Councillor on behalf of members of the public


The Ward Councillor gave a representation on behalf of two local residents who were unable to attend the meeting. The Member explained how these residents had felt intimidated by the antisocial behaviour attributed to the premises, both during its opening hours and, because of the external fixed seating aspect, sometimes into the small hours the next day. She also  ...  view the full minutes text for item LCSC/20/22-23