Venue: Virtual Meeting
Contact: Carole Oliphant Member Services Officer
To receive any apologies for absence
There were no apologies for absence.
ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
To elect a Chairman for the sub Committee
Cllr J Cairney was elected Chairman of the Sub Committee.
An application has been received to vary a premises licence for the Sip Shed & Post Office, Crossway House, Uplowman, Devon, EX16 7DP
Representations have been received and the licensing authority (Mid Devon District Council) must hold a hearing to determine the application.
Consideration was given to a report * of the Lead Licensing Officer relating to an application that had been received by the Sip Shed and Post Office, Crossway House, Uplowman.
The Chairman introduced the members of the Sub Committee and the officers present and explained the process that the hearing would follow.
The Licensing Sub Committee agreed that the meeting should be heard in public session.
There were no interests to declare.
The Lead Licensing Officer outlined the contents of the report making reference to the following:
· The hours of variation being applied for as highlighted within the report
· The need for the sub committee to consider the Licensing Objectives and in particular for this case public safety and the prevention of public nuisance
· One representation had been received in relation to noise levels in the village and parking issues and that it should be noted that the objector lived some way from the application site.
· That the parking issues were not relevant to the sub committee’s decision
· The fact that the Post Office may close should have no impact on the licensing application
· The Redwoods Inn opening hours were highlighted
· There had been no reported problems from the establishment, and therefore the presumption was to support the application
· There had been no representations from responsible authorities.
The Applicants were present and were requested to present their case: they had moved to the village in February 2021 to set up their own business having been in the hospitality trade for a number of years. The original licence application included the bottle shop, a tasting venue and a click and collect service, as they were new to the village they had made concessions to the opening hours at that point. They were very proud of what they had achieved given the impact of the pandemic and had hosted over 50 events and entertained 400 guests. They had invested quite heavily in the property and installed CCTV and fire safety equipment. The request to extend the hours had been consumer led and would provide some flexibility for events. Under 5% of attendees had a designated driver, most people walked, were dropped off or took a taxi to events. No complaints had been received from the immediate neighbours. A proven operating schedule was also highlighted.
Questions were raised with regard to:
· The number of people attending each taster session
· The area covered by the CCTV, the availability for recordings to be viewed on request and the number of days of recording the system held.
· Whether further extensions to the licence would take place
· Whether a booking system was in place – which was confirmed.
The Chairman thanked the applicants for their contributions and explained that the Sub Committee would now withdraw and consider their verdict.
The Sub Committee then withdrew from the public meeting to discuss the application and the representations made.
The Sub Committee returned and the clerk on behalf of the Chairman made the following statement:
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