Agenda item

Application for the grant of a new premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 - Watton Post Office, 52 High Street, Watton, Norfolk, IP24 6AE

Report of the Executive Director Commercialisation.


The Hearing was conducted in accordance with the procedure as set out in the Agenda.


The following persons were in attendance:


Premises Licence Holder and Witnesses:


Mr Balakrishnan Balaskantha, Mrs Valerie Delf, Mr Keith Gilbert (Ward Representative)




Mr P Merry



The Licensing Sub-Committee (“the Committee”) granted the Premises Licence subject to the following conditions imposed by the Committee which were considered to be appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives:

  1. An incident and refusals register shall be kept and used by all staff.  It shall be checked and signed by the DPS every week and should be available for inspection by any of the Responsible Authorities upon reasonable request.
  2. A “Challenge 25” Scheme shall be in operation at the Premises and customers shall be required to prove their age by use of a nationally recognised ID scheme.

In addition to these, it was noted that Norfolk Constabulary had requested the following conditions be incorporated into the operating schedule and that the Applicant had agreed to this request:

  1. A CCTV system must be installed at the premises to provide recorded images in digital format for a continuous period of at least 28 days. Cameras will be positioned in order that images can be recorded in all public areas of the premises including the inside and outside of all public entrances to the venue. Cameras must be capable of providing images to an evidential standard and lighting must be of an appropriate level to facilitate this requirement. The CCTV system must be maintained in good working order and operated at all times when the premises are open for business. Sufficient numbers of staff must be on duty and trained in its operation. CCTV images must be capable of being downloaded in digital format and provided to representatives of the Police or the Licensing Authority upon reasonable request. Notices must be clearly displayed inside and outside of the premises which inform customers that CCTV is in operation.
  2. The front entrance door must be fitted with 2 x five lever mortice locks to British Standard 3621 in line with the recommendations contained in the crime prevention report.
  3. Rear fire doors must be fitted with either 3 x hinges or a continuous hinge and be enhanced by the fitting of 3 x hinge bolts. A 3 point Pullman locking system must be fitted with a single operation release. The doors must also be metal lined and secured when the building is unattended by fitting mortice rack bolts.  
  4. All doors to the alcohol storage area must be of a solid construction at least 44mm thick and secured with 2 x 5 lever mortice locks to British Standard 3621 fitted 1/3rd from the top and bottom of the door.
  5. A fully monitored intruder alarm system must be installed at the premise by a professional company recognised by a security inspectorate such as NSI or SSAIB and meet British Standard 4737, EN 50131 & PD6662 (wired system) or British Standard 6799 (wire free system).


Reason for the Decision

The Committee considered the oral and written representations presented by all the parties, attaching weight as appropriate, and also considered the Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”) and its regulations, the statutory guidance under Section 182 of the Act, and the Council’s own statement of licensing policy.

The Committee gave weight to the fact that there were no outstanding representations from any of the Responsible Authorities. The Committee noted that the Applicant had previous experience of managing an off-licence.

The Committee noted the concerns of the local resident regarding anti-social behaviour (“ASB”) from intoxicated persons in the locality, in particular from youths. The Committee noted that this was an application for a new premises licence and therefore any existing issues of ASB in the locality could not be attributable to this premises. The Committee further noted that the behaviour of customers once they were outside the control of the premises licence holder should not be the subject of conditions placed on the premises licence.

The Committee determined that the conditions offered by the Applicant together with the additional conditions imposed by the Committee were appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives and proportionate to what it is intended to achieve. These conditions would address the concerns raised by the local resident. The Committee found that there was no evidence to impose any further conditions.

The existence of the review procedure to deal with activities at the premises causing concern to any of the Responsible Authorities or any other person was noted.



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