Agenda and minutes

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Appointment of Chair for the Sub-Committee


Cllr Simon Carswell was appointed as Chair of the Sub-Committee.


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillor Mike Murphy.


Declarations of Interest

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

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )




Procedure to be followed when considering Licensing Applications under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 39 KB


Minutes of the Sub-Committee

To authorise the Chair of the meeting to agree the accuracy and sign the minutes as a correct record following circulation to the members of the Sub-Committee.


The Chair of the meeting was authorised to agree the accuracy and sign the minutes as a correct record following circulation to the members of the Sub-Committee.


The Perfect shop Ltd. pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider an application for a new premises licence for The Perfect shop Ltd., 13 High Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3BE following objections having been received.

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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and Members of the Panel, officers and the following attendees introduced themselves:


Tim Mander


Bridgwater Town Council

Rohit Julka



Nipun Chawla


Designated Premises Supervisor

Chris Lucan


Licensing agent

Nick Semper


Licensing agent


It was confirmed that the meeting would follow the procedure as set out in the agenda pack and then the Licensing Officer presented his report.


Mr Mander explained that he was the Chair of the Town Council’s Planning Committee, which was charged with considering licensing application, and that the Committee had unanimously voted to object to the application. As part of his presentation and in response to questions he made the following points:

Ø  The premises was within the part of Bridgwater town centre, between Penel Orlieu and the Admiral Blake statue, that had been identified by the Avon & Somerset Police as a hotspot for youth crime.

Ø  There was already an ongoing and persistent issue of anti-social behaviour linked to the increasing number of street drinkers in the area

Ø  It was their view that granting a liquor licence to another town centre shop unit would lead to an increased amount of the crime and disorder.

Ø  Public safety would be endangered as a direct result of the ready sale of alcohol in a prime town centre location.

Ø  An additional off-licence would encourage street drinkers to hang around the town centre and further increase tensions between gangs and young teenage children and the adult street drinkers, and could lead to a greater degree of public nuisance.

Ø  Both the Police and the Town Wardens had been working hard to defuse tensions and tackle that unruly behaviour that was unfortunate. common around the town centre.

Ø  Granting a licence to sell alcohol on an off licence basis could undermine the hard work put in by the various agencies, particularly in respect to protecting children from harm.

Ø  Whilst they welcomed the numerous conditions that the Police were proposing the Town Council was concerned over who would be available around the clock, to monitor their compliance with the conditions.

Ø  Although their main concerned was over daytime drinking there was another shop, just over the town bridge, that was open until the early hours of the morning and they were worried that an additional shop nearby would only add to problems.


The Licensing Officer clarified that the other shop referred to had a licence to sell alcohol from 08:00hrs to 01:00hrs Sunday to Thursday and from 08:00hrs to 04:00hrs Friday and Saturday, and that they were able to sell single cans of drinks marked with an ‘X’ on the bottom of the cans.


The Applicants, as part of their presentation and in response to questions, made the following points:

§  The shop would be a convenience store offering groceries with an off licence provision offering competitive prices, fresh produce and would be ideal for last minute shopping.

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