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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Pittville Room - Municipal Offices. View directions

Contact: Sophie McGough, Democracy Officer 

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There were no apologies.


Declarations of Interest


The Chair, Councillor Willingham declared that  some of his financial services were provided by John Lewis but did not deem this a pecuniary interest but wanted it recorded nonetheless.



Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 4th April 2018.


The minutes of the last meeting held on 4th April 2018 were signed as a correct record.


Application for a Street Trading Consent pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Mr Edward Danter


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The Chair welcomed the group and Mr Howard Barber, the Council’s lead Townscape Officer who the Chair had invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Public Realm and Street Scene on the High Street.


The Licensing Officer introduced the report regarding an application for a street trading consent from Mr Edward Danter to sell hot food and drink from a unit on the High Street.  He explained that Mr Danter had applied for consent to trade from 09th November to 31st December 2018 and the timings were outlined at paragraph 1.3 of the report.


He advised that whilst the proposed trading location is one that is approved for street trading in the council’s adopted policy, the type of goods being sold is not compliant with the policy as the area is permitted only for those functions outlined at paragraph 5.3 of the report. He further noted that the size of the trading unit exceeds the permitted size for trading units in that location.


He informed the sub-committee that during the consultation period an objection had been received from the Operations Manager at Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) who were acting on behalf of local businesses and this was included at paragraph 4.1 of the report.


The Licensing Officer advised the sub-committee that they could:


·           Approve the application because Members are satisfied that the location is suitable; or

·           Refuse the application because it does not comply with the provision of the Street Scene policy.


Mr Barber, the Townscape Officer was then invited to speak. He firstly began by handing around a High Street East Masterplan to the sub-committee. He noted the following:


·           That the scheme was due to start in May and that the programme for completion was the end of September/early October.

·           They planned significant improvements to the quality of the High Street and explained that they would be replacing the tarmac infills with natural Forest of Dean stone.

·           He explained that the new public realm would include infrastructure improvements including drainage.

·           He reiterated that it was not just about changing the physical space but changing how it is used and what activities take place there. They had a vision for it to be used for events, activities and performances.

·           He claimed that such changes were not being made because John Lewis would be opening but improvements were being planned across the whole Town.

·           Significant investment was being put into the project from both Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.

·           He felt that if Mr Danter was granted an application it could compromise what they would be able to deliver in that area in terms of activities this coming Christmas and that the BID already had a number of ideas for the space.


Following questioning from Members, Mr Barber confirmed that:


·           Given the proposed changes to the area Mr Danter’s unit would still technically fit in to the space.

·           That the infrastructure would be adequate to support the unit as they were looking to promote more  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.