This is a report on the licensing issues under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, addressed at the Licensing Sub-Committee Council Meeting in Edinburgh on the 7th of March 2014. This report will first provide an overview of the meeting as a whole then it will focus on one application from each agenda category. Moonwalk Scotland for the Reduction of Fees, Gentleman Jacks Ltd for Street Trading and Woods Deli for a Late Night Catering Licence.
The Licensing Sub-Committee is responsible for considering individual licence applications, consisting of nine committee members chaired by Councillor Barrie to hear licence applications. First, the committee calls the item number on the agenda and the applicant(s) state their proposition, if there are any objections the committee yields the floor to objectors. The committee then decides to grant, refuse or set conditions on the licences by a majority vote.
Reduction of Fees:
The first set of applications on the agenda at 10:00am was requests for the reduction of fees for Public Entertainment Licences. The first application was by ‘Walk the Walk’ which requested that the application fee be reduced for the MoonWalk Scotland Event on 7th June 2014. They requested that one application fee reduction of £2,702 should apply. There were no objectors and as a result the committee reached a quick agreement and stated because this is a charity event and for a good cause that £200 pounds was a reasonable reduction.
The second set of applications was called at 11:00am for Street Trading licences. Gentleman Jacks Ltd & Glynn Fielding requested a grant to trade from a stance at Hope Street. However, the current Street Trading Policy prohibits trading in the World Heritage Site except in exceptional circumstances. Gentleman Jacks argued that they previously held a Street Traders Licence for this stance which expired in 2008 thus he urged the council to grant him their old license back. His application was denied on the basis that the committee is still in the process of reviewing the area and that he can apply again in the future.
New Late Hours Catering Licence:
Agenda item 6.1.7 was for the application of a new Late Hours Catering License for one-year, this is an optional licence where the Local Authority decides whether to grant it or not under s42 of the 1982 Act. Mr Kenneth Cairns the owner of Woods Deli applied for the license to continue serving food till midnight Thursday to Sunday. Currently he is entitled to serve food Thursday to Sunday till 11:00 pm where customers can “bring their own bottles” (BYOB). However, there are numerous objections to the granting of this licence.
At the meeting there were three objectors from Juniper Green Community Council strongly urging the council to refuse the licence on the following grounds: noise disturbance due to early morning deliveries and late night parties; the business is within Juniper Green Conservation village therefore...