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Apologies for Absence

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An apology for absence was received from Councillor Jim Steinke.





Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

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No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.





Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

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There were no declarations of interest.





Licensing Act 2003 - Costcutter, 111 St. Mary's Gate, Sheffield S2 4BE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer.


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The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report to consider an application, under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003, for the variation of a premises licence in respect of premises known as Costcutter, 111 St. Mary’s Gate, Sheffield S2 4BE (Ref No.02/21).




Present at the meeting were Robert Botkai (Solicitor representing the Applicant), Tina Vlahovic (Licensing Assistant to the Applicant’s Solicitor), Mohan Palani Samy (Applicant), Councillor Douglas Johnson (Ward Councillor), Magdalena Boo (Public Health), Clive Stephenson (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer), Marie-Claire Frankie (Solicitor to the Sub-Committee) and Jennie Skiba (Democratic Services).




Marie-Claire Frankie outlined the procedure which would be followed during the hearing.




Clive Stephenson presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that representations in respect of the application had been received from three local Ward Councillors and Public Health and were attached at Appendix “C” to the report.  Robert Botkai, representing the applicants, referred to additional information which had been circulated the previous day and questioned its relevance as the objection did not form part of the licensing objectives.  He said there was a lot of information contained in the report and felt that it was important to be clear what was relevant and what was not.  Following discussion, the Sub-Committee agreed that the information circulated the previous day should be disregarded.




Magdalena Boo stated that, to increase the existing licence to a 24-hour off-licence would increase the risk of alcohol attributable deaths in an area which has 83% more deaths due to alcohol than the city as a whole.  Ms. Boo felt that the name of the store, Costcutter, implies that cheaper, affordable alcohol was sold there.  She said that from the vast array of clinical evidence, one of the contributory factors to alcohol-related harm was the availability of take away alcohol.




In response to questions from Members of the Sub-Committee, Magdalena Boo stated that the objection had been based on public safety grounds, as public health was not a licensing objective, but something that contributes to death was part of public safety.




Councillor Douglas Johnson stated that from a Ward Councillor point of view, the request to open for 24 hours could cause substantial harm.  He referred to issues he and his fellow Ward Councillors were presented with in terms of early morning street drinkers and suggested that it was not a good idea to sell cheaper alcohol at 6.00 a.m. Councillor Johnson said that other businesses in the city centre and on the outskirts of the city have agreed to not sell alcohol before 8.00 a.m., as it tended to be street drinkers who bought alcohol early in the morning and the issues that arose from this continued into the day. He felt that problems arose when alcohol was sold between 3.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m.  Councillor Johnson referred to the number of students who lived in the area and the occasional deaths from within the student community caused by binge drinking.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.