Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Bert's Newsagents, 112 Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, SE18 2SG

Application for a premises licence

Decision:

Bert’s Newsagent, 112 Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, London, SE18 2SB

 

In reaching its decision, the Sub Committee considered the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Licensing Act 2003, the Regulations made thereunder and the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under S.182 of that Act. In discharging its functions, the Sub-Committee did so with a view to promoting the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

 

Having considered the application for the Premise Licence and all written and oral submissions, the Sub-Committee granted a Premises Licence for the Supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises.

 

Permitted hours for the supply of alcohol:

 

Monday to Sunday

9am to 11pm

 

Note: The original application had sought permission to supply alcohol from 6am to 11 pm daily.

 

The Premises Licence is granted subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    The premises shall operate Greenwich Council’s ‘Reducing the Strength’ Scheme. This means that the premises shall not sell any beers, lager or cider with an ABV of 6.5% or above unless agreed in writing with the Police Licensing Team.

 

2.    The premises shall operate the ‘Challenge 25’ Scheme. Under the scheme, staff authorised for the sale of alcohol shall challenge every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and shall refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification to prove they are over 18. Notices shall be displayed as to the age verification policy, advising customers that if they look under 25, they may be asked to provide evidence of age. Acceptable forms of ID shall be:

 

a)    A UK Driving Licence;

b)   A valid passport;

c)    A Home Office approved ID card.

 

3.     Signage informing customers of the age verification policy adopted at the premises shall be prominently displayed.

 

4.    All staff shall be trained in the law relating to the sale of alcohol. Such training shall include challenging every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and to refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification; understanding acceptable forms of ID; and using the Refusal Register. Such training (including any refresher training) shall be recorded and provided not less than every twelve (12) months. The training record shall be made available for inspection by Police and “authorised persons” (as defined by Section 13 of the Licensing Act 2003).

 

5.    A Refusals Register shall be kept at the premises, and made immediately available on request to the police or authorised persons. The Refusals Register shall be inspected on a monthly basis by the Designated Premises Supervisor and the date of inspection noted in the register, and a record made in the register of any actions that appear to be needed to protect young people from harm. The register shall record all refused sales of alcohol and include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

a)    The identity of the member of staff who refused the sale;

b)   The date and time of the refusal;

c)    The alcohol requested and reason for refusal;

d)   Description of the person refused alcohol.

 

6.    The CCTV shall continuously record whilst the premises is open for licensable activities and during all times when customers remain on the premises. The CCTV shall cover inside and outside of the premises (precise positions may be agreed with Police from time-to-time). The recorded CCTV images shall be stored for a minimum of thirty-one (31) days with the correct date & time-stamping.

 

7.    A member of staff who can operate the CCTV system and download copies of recordings upon request by Police or an authorised person shall be present on the premises during all hours that the premises remains open to members of the public.

 

8.    The premises shall display signs stating that the premises are monitored by CCTV. Such signage shall be displayed on the front door and inside the premises.

 

9.     An Incident Book shall be maintained at the premises to record details of any incidents which compromise the licensing objectives pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003. Such entries shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

a) All crimes at the venue, e.g. shoplifting, damage, threats to staff;

b) Removal of patrons from the premises;

c) Any complaints received;

d) Any incidents of disorder;

e) Any faults in the CCTV system;

f) Any visit by an authorised officer or emergency service.

 

10.  The area immediately outside the premises shall be maintained in a clean and tidy manner at all times it is open for licensable activity.

 

Basis of Decision:

 

The Sub-Committee considered submissions from the Applicant’s representative and the applicant. The newsagency business has been operated by the applicant’s family and the applicant since 1958. The Applicant resides above the premises and he himself went to the primary school opposite. The concerns of the police had been addressed by agreement of conditions to be imposed upon the premises licence it were to be granted.

 

The Sub-Committee noted the written representations from 3 residents who were not present for the hearing.

 

There were no representations from any Responsible Authorities against the application.

 

The concerns regarding prevention of harm to children and the proximity of the primary school to the premises had been properly addressed by agreement with the police. 

 

The premises are not within a Cumulative Impact Zone.

 

The Sub-Committee considered that the conditions subject to which the Premises Licence is granted promote the licensing objectives and that the premises will be operated responsibly. 

 

Right of Appeal:

If the applicant or those making representations are aggrieved by the Council’s decision, they have the right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court.

 

Any appeal must be submitted to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the date of written notification of the decision.

 

 

 

Minutes:

In Attendance:

 

Applicant:                              Mr Nicholas Lawrence

                                             Nira Suresh (Legal Representative)

 

The Chair welcomed all parties and ensured that introductions were made, all papers had been received and that all parties were aware of their right to be represented.

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application made by Mr Nicholas Lawrence for a Premises Licence in respect of Bert’s Newsagents, 112 Timbercroft Road, Plumstead, London, SE18 2SG.

 

The Licensing Officer gave an illustrated introduction to the report.

 

The Sub-Committee was addressed by the Applicant’s Legal Representative who summarised the application.  He confirmed that the concerns of residents had been addressed by reducing the hours applied for.  He advised that the hours of operation would now be 9am to 11pm. 

 

The Applicant addressed the Sub-Committee.  He explained that the newsagents had been run by his family since 1958 and that he lived above the premises.  He advised that as a resident of the area himself, he was keen to promote the licensing objectives.

 

All parties, with the exception of the Legal Advisor and Corporate Governance Officer, withdrew to allow the Sub-Committee to deliberate at 2.56pm. The Sub-Committee announced their decision at 3.00pm.

 

In reaching its decision, the Sub Committee considered the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Licensing Act 2003, the Regulations made thereunder and the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under S.182 of that Act. In discharging its functions, the Sub-Committee did so with a view to promoting the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

 

Having considered the application for the Premise Licence and all written and oral submissions, the Sub-Committee granted a Premises Licence for the Supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises.

 

Permitted hours for the supply of alcohol:

 

Monday to Sunday

9am to 11pm

 

Note: The original application had sought permission to supply alcohol from 6am to 11 pm daily.

 

The Premises Licence is granted subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    The premises shall operate Greenwich Council’s ‘Reducing the Strength’ Scheme. This means that the premises shall not sell any beers, lager or cider with an ABV of 6.5% or above unless agreed in writing with the Police Licensing Team.

 

2.    The premises shall operate the ‘Challenge 25’ Scheme. Under the scheme, staff authorised for the sale of alcohol shall challenge every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and shall refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification to prove they are over 18. Notices shall be displayed as to the age verification policy, advising customers that if they look under 25, they may be asked to provide evidence of age. Acceptable forms of ID shall be:

 

a)    A UK Driving Licence;

b)   A valid passport;

c)    A Home Office approved ID card.

 

3.     Signage informing customers of the age verification policy adopted at the premises shall be prominently displayed.

 

4.    All staff shall be trained in the law relating to the sale of alcohol. Such training shall include challenging every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and to refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification; understanding acceptable forms of ID; and using the Refusal Register. Such training (including any refresher training) shall be recorded and provided not less than every twelve (12) months. The training record shall be made available for inspection by Police and “authorised persons” (as defined by Section 13 of the Licensing Act 2003).

 

5.    A Refusals Register shall be kept at the premises, and made immediately available on request to the police or authorised persons. The Refusals Register shall be inspected on a monthly basis by the Designated Premises Supervisor and the date of inspection noted in the register, and a record made in the register of any actions that appear to be needed to protect young people from harm. The register shall record all refused sales of alcohol and include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

a)    The identity of the member of staff who refused the sale;

b)   The date and time of the refusal;

c)    The alcohol requested and reason for refusal;

d)   Description of the person refused alcohol.

 

6.    The CCTV shall continuously record whilst the premises is open for licensable activities and during all times when customers remain on the premises. The CCTV shall cover inside and outside of the premises (precise positions may be agreed with Police from time-to-time). The recorded CCTV images shall be stored for a minimum of thirty-one (31) days with the correct date & time-stamping.

 

7.    A member of staff who can operate the CCTV system and download copies of recordings upon request by Police or an authorised person shall be present on the premises during all hours that the premises remains open to members of the public.

 

8.    The premises shall display signs stating that the premises are monitored by CCTV. Such signage shall be displayed on the front door and inside the premises.

 

9.     An Incident Book shall be maintained at the premises to record details of any incidents which compromise the licensing objectives pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003. Such entries shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

a) All crimes at the venue, e.g. shoplifting, damage, threats to staff;

b) Removal of patrons from the premises;

c) Any complaints received;

d) Any incidents of disorder;

e) Any faults in the CCTV system;

f) Any visit by an authorised officer or emergency service.

 

10.  The area immediately outside the premises shall be maintained in a clean and tidy manner at all times it is open for licensable activity.

 

Basis of Decision:

 

The Sub-Committee considered submissions from the Applicant’s representative and the applicant. The newsagency business has been operated by the applicant’s family and the applicant since 1958. The Applicant resides above the premises and he himself went to the primary school opposite. The concerns of the police had been addressed by agreement of conditions to be imposed upon the premises licence it were to be granted.

 

The Sub-Committee noted the written representations from 3 residents who were not present for the hearing.

 

There were no representations from any Responsible Authorities against the application.

 

The concerns regarding prevention of harm to children and the proximity of the primary school to the premises had been properly addressed by agreement with the police. 

 

The premises are not within a Cumulative Impact Zone.

 

The Sub-Committee considered that the conditions subject to which the Premises Licence is granted promote the licensing objectives and that the premises will be operated responsibly. 

 

Right of Appeal:

If the applicant or those making representations are aggrieved by the Council’s decision, they have the right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court.

 

Any appeal must be submitted to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the date of written notification of the decision.

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