The Chairman requested that all
those participating in the hearing identify themselves as
Councillor Newton –
Councillor McLoughlin –
Councillor Robertson –
Jayne Bolas – Legal
Poppy Collier – Committee
Mrs ThiruchelvyThavakuhananthan – Applicant
Ms Sharon Laurenton – Witness for the
Councillor Harper – Other
Councillor Adkinson –
Witness for the other person
Stephanie Price – Witness
for the other person
Kerry Sargeant - Witness for
the other person
The Chairman confirmed that all
parties were aware of the hearing procedure and that each had a
copy of the procedure document.
The Committee Members confirmed
that they had pre-read all the papers and any other documents
contained in the report regarding the hearing.
The applicant and other person
confirmed that no draft conditions had been agreed, however the applicant advised that she would
be willing for the proposed closing hours to be amended to a time
between 11.30 p.m. and 12.00 midnight.
Both the applicant and the
other interested party requested that witnesses be allowed to give
evidence on their behalf and the committee agreed to
The legal advisor briefly
outlined the application and representations received.
The Chairman invited the
applicant, Mrs Thavakuhananthan, to
provide opening remarks. Mrs Thavakuhananthan informed the committee
·The application for a variation of licence pertained
to a convenience store which would sell cigarettes and alcohol
among other products, feature an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and
would provide a Paypoint for the
payment of bills.
·The premises was formerly
a public house and the application for variation would change from
an on licence to an off licence.
·Security would be a priority, and to this end 20
CCTV cameras would be installed on the premises in addition to the
use of an alarm system.
The Chairman invited the other
person, Councillor Harper, to address questions to the applicant.
In response to those questions Mrs Thavakuhananthan advised that:
·Parking was available at the side of the store and
on Milton Street. No new issues were expected due to the premises
change of use to a convenience store than were experienced when it
was a public house.
·There would be a separate planning application with
regard to the installation of the 20 CCTV cameras and external
fascia so these had not been detailed in the plan submitted with
the licensing application. The planning application would be
submitted within 7-10 days of the hearing.
would be working full-time at the shop alongside two full-time and
two-part time staff members. Staff numbers could be increased
depending on business requirements. Permission had already been
granted for a two bedroom flat above the shop with separate access
and separate property number.
Mrs Laurenton, speaking as a witness for the applicant,
described herself as a regular customer of Mrs Thavakuhananthan’s shop in Ashford. Mrs
Laurenton stated that the shop was
clean and made the area feel safe due to the external CCTV cameras.
Mrs Laurenton ...
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10.04 a.m. to 12.40 p.m.
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