Sustainable Weigh, 13 Castle Square, Caernarfon, LL55 2NF
To consider the above application
Sustainable Weigh, 13 Castle Square, Caernarfon
On behalf of the premises: Mr Daniel John Hunt (applicant)
Others invited: Mr Ian Williams, North Wales Police
a) The Licensing Department's Report
Submitted – the report of the Licensing Manager giving details of the application for a premises licence for Sustainable Weigh, 13 Castle Square, Caernarfon. The application was made in relation to the sale of alcohol off the premises. No alcohol would be consumed on the premises.
Attention was drawn to the details of the licensed activities and the proposed hours in the report. It was noted that the Licensing Authority officers had sufficient evidence that the application had been submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 and the relevant regulations.
Reference was made to the measures recommended by the applicant to promote the licensing objectives along with the responses received during the consultation period. It was highlighted that these objectives would be included on the licence.
It was noted that observations had been received from North Wales Police recommending that the applicant installed a CCTV system on the premises and introduced a Challenge 25 Scheme. There was also an observation from the Fire Service noting that they did not object to the application provided that the owner had ensured that the emergency lighting of the fire exit was working, the fire alarm system had been serviced and was in operation and that fire extinguishers had been serviced and were up to date.
It was recommended for the Committee to approve the application in accordance with what had been agreed with the Police and in accordance with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
In considering the application, the following procedure was adhered to:
· Members of the Sub-committee and the applicant were given an opportunity to ask questions of the Licensing Manager.
· The applicant was invited to expand on the application.
· Consultees were given an opportunity to present their observations.
· The licensee, or his/her representative, was invited to respond to the observations.
· Members of the Sub-committee were given an opportunity to ask questions of the licensee.
· Members of the Sub-committee were given an opportunity to ask questions of the consultees.
b) In expanding on the application, the applicant noted that he was happy with what had been presented.
He added the following observations:
· He intended to install a CCTV system.
· Three cameras had been installed on the site.
· He confirmed that alcohol would not be consumed on the site.
c) Exercising his right to speak, an officer from the Police confirmed that the Police had no objection to the application. He added that conditions had been proposed to the applicant and that they would need to be formalised.
The applicant withdrew from the room whilst the Sub-committee members discussed the application.
dd) In reaching its decision, the Sub-committee considered the application form submitted by the applicant, written observations submitted by interested parties, the Licensing Officer's report, as well as the verbal comments from the applicant at the hearing. The Council's Licensing Policy and the Home Office guidelines were also considered. All considerations were weighed up against the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, namely:
i. Crime and disorder prevention
ii. Public nuisance prevention
iii. Ensuring public safety
iv. Protection of children from harm
RESOLVED to approve the application
It was accepted that the Police did not object to the application but they recommended that additional conditions be imposed in relation to CCTV and the introduction of a Challenge 25 Scheme. In the opinion of the Sub-committee, these conditions were reasonable and commensurate and proactive steps towards promoting the licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder and protecting children from harm. The applicant had confirmed that he agreed with the observations.
The Sub-committee was satisfied that the licence application as amended, with the inclusion of the proposed conditions by North Wales Police, was in line with the licensing objectives.
The Solicitor reported that the decision would be confirmed formally by letter and sent to everyone present.