The Chairman requested all those persons
participating in the hearing to introduce themselves.
Those present were:
Councillor David Naghi
Councillor Gordon Newton
Councillor Mrs Parvin
Jayne Bolas – legal advisor
Tessa Ware – Democratic Services Officer
Suresh Kanapathi – agent for the
Gregory Millener – Shop Manager
to be named on the licence as Designated Premises Supervisor
PC Neil Barnes – representing Kent Police as a Responsible
Councillor Annabelle Blackmore – Observing the proceedings
for training purposes and taking no part in member discussions or
The Sub-Committee Members confirmed they had
read all the papers.
The applicant’s agent stated that
conditions suggested by Kent Police, and detailed in the papers on
pages 31 and 32, were agreed, with the exception of the opening
hours restrictions sought at page 31.
The Legal Representative outlined the
application and explained that the premises were at 68 Lower Stone
Street and not 64 Lower Stone Street as stated in the
application. There have been correct
amendment and time for advertisement of the application.
The Legal Representative went on to state that
the application was for a licence to sell alcohol 24 hours, 7 days
each week, for off the premises consumption. One representation had been received from a
Responsible Authority, Kent Police, on the basis of the negative
impact on all four Licensing Objectives. PC Neil Barnes was present to request a
restriction on the opening hours to 7am to 12 midnight
daily. The draft conditions were set
out in the papers.
There had been no other
representations. Members were directed
to their options set out in Section 10, page 8 of the
papers. Members were reminded to
consider the opening hours sought and what was appropriate to
promote the Licensing Objectives.
The Legal Representative explained the
Maidstone Borough Council Licensing Policy changed as of the day of
the hearing. However, the application
was made at the time of the previous policy. There being little material difference between the
two policies as affecting this application, Members were advised to
consider the application under the previous policy but have regard
to the new policy when making their decision as appropriate.
representing the applicant addressed the Sub Committee. He stated the applicant had another similar
business at 56 Gabriel’s Hill, Maidstone which was open until
midnight each day. The applicant was
very experienced locally having ran a
business in the area since 2009 with no problems.
Mr Kanapathi went
on to explain that Mr Millener, who
would be managing the premises at 68 Lower Stone Street, had
experience of the area. He had been
running the business at these premises for some time and had also
ran licenced premises nearby.
explained the business model for the premises. It was a 24 hour shop selling ready-made foods,
sandwiches, chocolates etc. and alcohol, with customers coming in
late for convenience after finishing a late shift at
work. He stated there was a
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