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Agenda and minutes

Venue: To be held at the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

Contact: Harry Clarke, Democratic Services  Email: harry.clarke@sheffield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

1.1

No apologies for absence were received.  Councillor Neale Gibson attended the meeting as a reserve Member, but was not required to stay.

 

2.

Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

Minutes:

2.1

No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

Minutes:

3.1

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4.

Licensing Act 2003 - Convenience Store, 111 West Street, Sheffield, S1 4EQ

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer

Minutes:

4.1

The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report to consider an application for a Premises Licence made under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of the premises known as Convenience Store, 111 West Street, Sheffield, S1 4EQ.

 

 

4.2

Present at the meeting were Senthilnataal Periyasamy (Applicant), Patrick Robson (John Gaunt and Partners, Solicitors, for the Applicant), Councillor Douglas Johnson, Tibor Killi, Emma Mohan, Steve Lee and Peter Sephton (Objectors), Clive Stephenson (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer), Marie-Claire Frankie (Solicitor to the Sub-Committee) and John Turner (Democratic Services).

 

 

4.3

Marie-Claire Frankie outlined the procedure which would be followed during the hearing.

 

 

4.4

Clive Stephenson presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that representations concerning the application had been received from seven members of the public, one Member of Parliament and one from Public Health, and were attached at Appendix ‘B’ to the report.  All parties had been invited to attend the meeting, and four members of the public and one Councillor attended the meeting.

 

 

4.5

Peter Sephton, Chair of the Sheffield City Centre Residents’ Action Group (SCCRAG), and representing Glossop Road Bath Residents’ Association, stated that, as a local resident, he was aware of the serious problems regarding alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the West Street area for a number of years.  He stated that it had created a part of the City, where some people were afraid to walk during the daytime, unless accompanied by another person.  He supported these views by referring to comments made by Tibor Killi (T L Killis Cleaning Equipment), who had stated that his female staff members were frightened to go to the car park to collect their cars on the basis that they had been followed, and spoken to in an aggressive manner by street drinkers, and would therefore now only go when two of them were together.  Mr Sephton considered that having yet another outlet selling alcohol would potentially result in an increase in the problems, as well as bringing more challenges in terms of enforcement.  He made the point that the applicant appeared to be from Chester, thereby not likely to be familiar with the problems being suffered by residents and businesses around West Street, with some businesses giving consideration to leaving the area due to the extent of the problems. 

 

 

4.6

Mr Sephton focused on the application, stating that there was a need for further conditions/requirements, over and above the CCTV system, which had been requested by the Licensing Service.  One issue related to the layout of the premises, and Mr Sephton referred to the diagram of the proposed layout in the application, indicating that, due to the lack of secured display units and shelving, it would make it easy for alcohol to be stolen from the premises.  He also raised the issue of staff safety, referring to a statement made by a resident, who had witnessed a street drinker in Bargain Booze, West Street who, when ordering some drinks, dropped a penknife, with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.