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Agenda and minutes

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

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Apologies for Absence



There were no apologies for absence.



Exclusion of Public and Press

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



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



Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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



There were no declarations of interest.



Street Trading - Schools (Ice Cream) Trading Consent - Birley Community Primary School, Thornbridge Avenue, Sheffield S12 4XF pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer



The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report to consider an application, under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, for the grant of a Schools (Ice Cream) Street Trading Consent to trade at Birley Community Primary School, Thornbridge Avenue (Ref No.55/18).




Present at the meeting were Paul Grayson (Applicant), Councillor Neale Gibson (on behalf of the Applicant), Annemarie Reid (Objector), Clive Stephenson (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer), Brendan Twomey (Legal Adviser to the Sub-Committee) and Jennie Skiba (Democratic Services).




Brendan Twomey outlined the procedure which would be followed during the hearing.




Clive Stephenson presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that objections to the application had been received from the Headteacher of Birley Community Primary School and a local resident, and were attached at Appendix ‘C’ to the report.  The Headteacher had been invited to the meeting, but was not present.




Neale Gibson advised the Sub-Committee that, although is a Councillor, he was representing Paul Grayson in his capacity as his accountant and considered that it was appropriate to declare that interest.  Mr. Gibson read out a statement prepared by Paul Grayson which stated that he had been selling ice cream for around 27 years, at various different location, across the City, and had experienced very few problems.  He added that Mr. Grayson was a  family man and that, if he lost his licence to trade, his family would be put under financial difficulties.  Mr. Gibson further stated that the applicant did not obstruct any part of the highway outside the school or along the road.  He stressed that no objections had been received from the Responsible Authorities, including the Licensing Service, who had visited the site.  Mr. Gibson then submitted a petition which had been organised by Mr. Grayson containing 221 signatures, expressing support for him to operate at the location.  He also produced a letter of support from the former Headteacher of the school where he had previously traded.  Mr. Gibson referred to the allegations made by the member of the public stating that Mr. Grayson had intimidated her and had disclosed her address on Facebook, and stated that these were untrue.




In response to questions from Members of the Sub-Committee, Mr. Grayson stated that he occasionally parked up outside the school at 2.55 p.m., but did not start trading until after 3.00 p.m.  In describing the area to Members, Mr. Grayson stated that the road was a straight, one-way road, and that he parked on the opposite side of the road away from the school gates and served to the left-hand side so that children were not stood in the road waiting to be served.  He said that other people parked on double yellow lines but that he never illegally parked adding that during the day, he parked his car in the space intended for the ice cream van and then moved it so that he could move the van into the space. Mr. Grayson said that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.