Richard Arnot – Solicitor (for
Co-Operative Group Food Limited)
Craig Smith – Acquisitions Manager (for Co-Operative Group
Chairman asked all parties to confirm that they were aware of the
hearing procedure and that each had a copy of the procedure
Committee Members confirmed that they had pre-read all the papers
and any other documents contained in the report regarding the
Legal Advisor outlined the application and advised that the
Applicant had applied for a Premises Licence for a Co-Operative
Convenience Store at 1 Buckingham Drive, Harrietsham, Kent ME17 1GF.
Members of the Committee were advised that during the consultation
period one representation had been received from a local resident
objecting to the Premises Licence under Crime and Disorder, Public
Safety and Public Nuisance.
Legal Advisor, Mr Harris, advised the Sub-Committee that Officers
had written to the objector requesting that he expanded further on
his comments but he had not responded.
As the objector was not in attendance, Members could decide to
postpone the hearing or make a decision taking into account the
objector’s original comments received and contained within
the papers. The Sub-Committee concluded
that they had sufficient information to continue with the
Chairman invited Mr Arnot, on behalf of
Co-Operative Group Food Limited, to provide his opening
Arnot advised Members that the
Co-Operative Group had over 2,200 shops nationwide and this
particular convenience store in Harrietsham would open in August 2018. It would be essentially a convenience store, with
about 15% of the sales expected to be attributable to the sale of
Sub-Committee was informed that the Co-Operative Group Food Limited
took their responsibilities seriously and spent time developing and
training staff and ensured that each area had a Risk
Manager. All staff were required to go
through a rigorous induction process and are put on ‘lock
down’ for a period of 4 weeks before they are allowed to sell
alcohol to the public whilst undergoing training with a
It was also noted that there was a robust system in place to ensure
that members of the public purchasing alcohol were
challenged. The till would prompt the
cashier to check whether the customer is over 18 and they also
operated the Challenge 25 Scheme.
noted that there would be 10 CCTV cameras inside the shop and
another 2 outside.
Sub-Committee were advised that although there were 11 car parking
spaces outside the Shop allocated to the Co-Operative Store, there
would be no means of enforcing their exclusive use. It was hoped that the majority of customers would
be those on the estate who used the store for their convenience so
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