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Apologies for absence.
No aplogies were received.
Appointment of Chair.
Councillor Dave Ashmore was appointed Chair.
Declarations of Members' Interests
No interests were declared.
The purpose of this report is for the committee to consider an application for the grant of a new premises licence pursuant to section 18 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act").
The matter has been referred to the committee for determination following receipt of relevant representations from other persons.
The committee is requested to determine the application.
Mr Kitchen, deputation
Hakem Arabbetou, applicant
Derek Stone, Licensing Officer
Tracy Blair, Legal Advisor
The Licensing Officer introduced the report and in response to questions from members, he clarified the following points:
· There were no representations from the police.
· A colleague in the licensing department forwarded the email correspondence for printing (shown on page 31).
In response to a question from members, Mr Arabbetou explained that:
· The premises had been a jewellers for 4-5 years. As far as he was aware, it had not been a licensed venue.
· There would be approximately 6 staff and 20-25 customers at any one time.
· There is no outside smoking area.
· The offer is fast food and includes pork or chicken and chips.
There were no questions from the applicant to the licensing officer.
There were no questions from Mr Kitchen to the licensing officer.
Hakem Arabbetou included the following points in his representation:
· He had held a personal licence since May 2015 for the other businesses he runs in Southsea.
· He had no issues or complaints regarding these premises.
· Notios at 37 Marmion Road is a bar and restaurant whereas this premises in Osborne Road will be a bar and café. It will therefore have a different style.
· The bar would sell three types of Greek and Turkish beers and Greek and middle Eastern wines to be consumed with food.
· Kingsely is four doors away. The whole zone is a licensed area with restaurants and bars.
· He accepts that it is not everyone's cup of tea.
In response to questions from members about how he would mitigate any noise disturbance, Mr Arabbetou explained that:
· It will not be a nightclub. The music would be medium not high as customers would want to relax.
· There is a lot of concrete in the building.
· There is insulation as there is in his other premises.
· He heard music and saw smoke from other venues when he was at the premises.
· If the music was turned on too loud by accident, it would be turned down.
In response to further questions from members, he explained that:
· He will not sell drinks with an alcohol content above 6.5%
· All the building work had been signed off.
· The CCTV covers the front of the premises.
· He would train the staff. If a customer was over the limit, you can see that and they would not be served. Records would be kept of people who had been refused service.
· He would not employ a doorman unless there was an event in the area. Staff would be indoors serving food and drink. He does not employ door staff at his other premises.
· When asked to explain his dispersal policy, he explained that they would control any noise, arguments and fights inside and outside as much as they can. They would not have groups of 5-6 men arriving together. There would probably be a maximum of four women together.
· Notices would be displayed asking customers to respect the neighbours and leave ... view the full minutes text for item 29.