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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.




Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The personal interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)




Maunsel Lock Tearoom pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider an application for a new premises licence in respect of the Maunsel Lock Tearoom, Bankland, North Newton, Bridgwater, TA7 0DH following an objection having been made.

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Members of the Panel, officers and the following attendees introduced themselves:


Mr & Mrs Whitcombe – Objectors


The Licensing Officer presented his report and confirmed that although the Applicant was unable to attend she had come to an agreed position with Mr & Mrs Whitcombe that:


Ø  The finishing time would be amended to 21:00hrs.

Ø  Notices would be displayed advising that ‘children must be supervised by an adult on the premises at all times’.

However, she wished to be allowed to sell alcohol to all customers and not just those consuming food and that she estimated that she would have between five and ten private hire events a year.


The Officer explained that the issue regarding car parking had yet to be resolved with North Petherton Town Council and was likely to be a planning issue rather than a licensing one.


Mr & Mrs Whitcome as part of their presentation and in response to questions confirmed that:

§  They had previously owned the Tea Rooms and were not really objecting but wanting to give comments and wished the business well.

§  They were worried about children and the close proximity to the water as there had been incidents involving children from the Somerset Boat Centre

§  They had concerns that if it was just a bar that people drove to:

·         There would be increased noise.

·         Potential drink driving.

·         Reduced supervision of children by people drinking

§  Displaying notices regarding the supervision of children would help allay some of their fears.

§  The Boat Centre, approximately 600m away, only opened until 9pm

In response to questions from the Sub-Committee the following points were clarified:

·         The licensable area included the garden and car parking area to allow orders of food and drink to taken at the tables.

·         The car park had two disabled spaces and about three or four other spaces and were usually used as staff parking.

·         Whilst the Boat Centre’s licence was up to between 22:00hrs and 23:45hrs, depending upon the day, it was possible that they only operated until 9pm because of a planning restriction or were making a business decision to close at that time.

When summing up the Objectors raised their concerns over the request for music until the Licensing Officer explained that it was just for incidental music.


Having heard all the evidence, members of the Panel made their decision in private, in the presence of the Solicitor and the Committee Manager.




The Licensing Sub-Committee (North) had been asked to consider an application for a new premises licence for the premises known as Maunsel Tea Room, Bankland, North Newton, Somerset following an objection from a local resident. The Sub-Committee was advised that the Applicant and Objector had met and reached some agreement but with reservations, together with some suggested conditions to be included on any licence that might be granted.


The Sub-Committee had considered all of the evidence presented by the Applicant and Objector both in person and in writing. The Sub-Committee’s decision was made in accordance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Regresso Ltd. pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To consider an application for a new premises licence in respect of Regresso Ltd., Unit 4, 6-8 Monmouth Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5EJ following objections having been received.

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This item had been withdrawn from the agenda following the withdrawal of the objection and the licence being granted.