Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds
Contact: Governance Services Copies of the full report with appendices are available on request from the clerk. For details of the new premises licence please contact Entertainment Licensing on 0113 378 5029 after the hearing.
Election of the Chair
To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.
RESOLVED – That Councillor Harland be elected as Chair for the meeting.
To identify any applications as late items of business which have been admitted to the agenda for consideration
(the special circumstances shall be identified in the minutes)
There were no late items. Supplementary information had been published for Agenda Item 6 – Application for the grant of a Premises Licence for Heron Foods, 25 Town Street, Armley, Leeds, LS12 1UX
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory
The report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulaory presented an application for the grant of a premises licence at Heron Foods, 25 Town Street, Armley, Leeds, lS12 1UX.
The following were in attendance:
Mr P Whur – Woods Whur
Mr J Laverack – Heron Foods
Ms C Collingwood – Heron Foods
Councillor J McKenna – Armley Ward Councillor
Councillor A Lowe – Armley Ward Councillor
Ms L Cunningham – representing Councillor A Smart, Armley Ward Councillor
Mr P Mudge – Leeds City Council – Armley Town Centre Management
Sarah Blenkhorn – West Yorkshire Police
Susan Holden – Licensing Authority
The Legal Officer explained the procedures to be followed and the application was introduced by the Licensing Officer. It was reported that the application was for a Premises Licence for the sale of alcohol between the hours of 08.00 and 19.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 to 16.00 on a Sunday. The application had received representations from West Yorkshire Police, the Licensing Authority, Ward Councillors, the local Member of Parliament and local residents. The premises fell within the Cumulative Impact Area for Armley.
Mr Whur addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the applicant. Issues highlighted included the following:
· Reference was made to the statutory guidance and circumstances where licenses could be granted in cumulative impact areas.
· With reference to issues highlighted in the report that contributed to problems in the Cumulative Impact Area, Mr Whur informed the sub-committee that the proposed style of operation would not add to these. There would not be offers for strong cheap alcohol.
· The company operated 280 stores nationwide and had commenced with alcohol sales in 57 of these stores over the past year. Two of these had been in premises situated in cumulative impact areas and there had not been any issues at either of these stores.
· The store mainly sold frozen and chilled products and had a strong local customer base with repeat customers. There would only be a modest range of alcohol offered. Other premises that sold alcohol in the area had much different styles of operation.
· The West Yorkshire Police representation made reference to the sale of strong and cheap alcohol. There would be no stock of that nature. The strongest beer or cider would be 6.5% proof, there would be no sales of spirits and no sales of single units or bottles.
· There would only be 35 alcohol products on offer amongst a range of over 1,200 food products.
· The style of operation at the store should not preclude the sale of alcohol. The style of the store and products would not attract problem drinkers. Security guards would be present from 11:00 to 19:30 and there would always be a manager present when there was no security present. Staff would be fully trained in the sale of alcohol and the Challenge 25 scheme would be in operation. There would also be emergency buttons placed at tills and all staff would have headphone communication sets. The alcohol available would ... view the full minutes text for item 4.