Agenda and minutes
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Election of Chair
Cllr Dr David Willingham was elected as Chair of the committee.
There were none.
Declarations of interest
Cllrs Willingham and Seacome declared that they had made a site visit.
The Licensing Officer introduced the report as published.
There were no questions from the objectors, applicant or Members.
The objectors were then asked to address the committee and they made the following points:
· Very aware of the area as has lived in Cheltenham for a long time.
· Upper Norwood Street does not need a nightclub, a nightclub will bring issues to the area, people do not want extra noise.
· The residents were happy with what was there before but believe that this is not the right area for a night club.
· There were more people that he has spoken to who were too frightened to put in an objection.
· Cheltenham is not bereft of drinking establishments but there does seem to be a shortage of services like doctors and dentists.
One Member questioned the objector as the whether there were residences above the site and the objector confirmed that there were and also opposite.
It was also queried by a Member why the objector was referring to the site as a night club when it only was applying for a licence until 11pm. The objector said that 11pm was too late for the property to be open and that it will turn into being a nightclub with an extended hour here and there.
The second objector was then asked to address the committee, she made the following points:
· As she lives on Great Norwood Street she has concerns mainly to do with the live music. If there is loud music that will be heard through the wall and effect the way that she lives her life.
· There are plenty of empty properties on Bath Road that could be used for this purpose.
· There was also concern about the amount of drunk people that will be in the street which will not make her feel safe and there will possibly be public urination.
· There are a mix of residential properties and shops and cafes in the area but none of them are open at night.
· There is already a large amount of noise from the renovation, whereas this is not the applicants fault it could be an indication of what is to come with a noisy bar.
A Member then asked if there had been any problems from the Suffolk Arms or the Retreat to which she confirmed that there had been, however not right below her children’s bedroom window, she believed that there should not be alcohol near where there are children.
The previous objector then spoke and said that the Suffolk Arms has always been there but this application is introducing a menace to the existing neighbourhood. There are people that walk passed but that is not too much of a problem, he stated that the Bath Road is a much more suitable venue.
The Chair explained that the committee is only there to determine the application before them not discuss the empty properties that are in different areas.
One Member asked the objector if she purchased her property ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Any other items the Chairman determines to be urgent and which requires a decision
There were none.