Agenda and draft minutes

Note - This is a reconvened meeting, the meeting on 12 June 2020 having been adjourned. Please refer to the Agenda of 12 June 2020., Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday, 19 June 2020 10.30 a.m.

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No. Item




Following confirmation that the live stream of the meeting had commenced, the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) welcomed everyone to the reconvened virtual meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then invited Members of the Committee to introduce themselves, to advise whether they were taking part by video or audio and to confirm that they were able to see (where practicable) and hear all Members participating in the meeting. All Members present, having indicated that this was the case, the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then invited the public participants, who had been dialled into the meeting, to introduce themselves and confirm that they were able to hear the proceedings. She then referred to officers present at the meeting who would introduce themselves when asked to address the meeting.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then thanked the applicant and the applicant’s agent for confirming their agreement to the submission of further materials within the deadlines that were agreed at the adjourned meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee on Friday, 12 June 2020.


Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the meeting.


Councillor Helen Ladhams had been elected as Chairman for the meeting before its adjournment on Friday, 12 June 2020. 


Chairman's Introductions


The Chairman referred to the new Government legislation which allowed councils to conduct remote meetings and explained in detail to all taking part.


Apologies and Reconstitution of Membership

To receive apologies for absence, if any, and to report any arising changes to membership.


Following its adjournment there had been no change in the membership of the Sub-Committee, and therefore, no reconstitution of membership was necessary upon reconvening.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)


Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.


If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.


Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.


RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.


Procedure for Meeting

The Chairman will read out the procedure for the meeting.


The Chairman read out the procedure for the meeting.


Application for Grant of a Premises Licence - Giggling Goose, The Old Mill, North Rd, Ambleside pdf icon PDF 309 KB

To consider an application for a premises licence.

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The Licensing Specialist presented a report which requested consideration of an application for the grant of a premises licence in respect of the Giggling Goose, Ambleside, in light of two representations which had been submitted by interested parties.


The Licensing Specialist addressed the Sub-Committee and drew Members’ attention to Sub-Section 1.17 of guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. He went on to outline details of the application which sought authorisation for the sale of alcohol both on and off premises, during the hours of 10.00 hours to 23.00 hours, Monday to Sunday.


The Licensing Specialist also referred to Appendices A and C to the report, which further outlined the details of the application and the location of the premises. He explained that the application had been circulated to all of the Responsible Authorities and that none of them had submitted a relevant representation. He also explained the application adhered to all advertising requirements as per the Licensing Act 2003.


Mrs Ahmed, a local resident and owner of Ambleside Opticians, which is located within the vicinity of the Giggling Goose, addressed the Sub-Committee and photographs and videos were displayed in relation to her representation.


Mrs Ahmed began her representation by explaining there were 15 residential homes in the immediate vicinity of the premises. She explained that residents lived in very close proximity to the premises and lived side by side of each other and that the granting of the premises licence would have a devastating impact on the lives of local residents and on her livelihood. She stated that the videos and photographs clearly conveyed the impact the application would have on her and other local residents. Mrs Ahmed went on to draw Members’ attention to the passageway and informed Members that it was a shared access.


Mrs Ahmed referred to the photographs of the toilet facilities and informed Members that there was only one toilet, which served the customers and staff of the Giggling Goose and was also shared by the customers and staff of Ambleside opticians. She went on to outline her concerns regarding public nuisance which would be caused by the increase in use of the toilet facilities and that people would loiter and queue for the outside toilet and this would consequently affect the privacy of residents. She also highlighted that the bins of the premises were in close proximity to the local resident’s properties and that the smoking area would cause anti-social behaviour.


Mrs Ahmed claimed that unhygienic conditions would be created due to the build-up of activity in the area and an increased use of the toilet facilities. She stated that the gardens would be used as urinals and that people queuing outside the toilet facilities, late into the night, would be unacceptable. She emphasised the impact on residential homes in the area and the invasion of privacy of people congregating, drinking and smoking in the vicinity. Mrs Ahmed stated that the beer garden would not be in keeping with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item LS/16