Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday 13 August 2018 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: Debbie Pons, Principal Democratic Services Officer 

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Licensing Act 2003 - Application for a Premises Licence - Big Apple Play City, Old Sheffield Road, Rotherham pdf icon PDF 63 KB

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The Sub-Committee considered an application for the grant of a premises licence, in accordance with the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of the premises known as Big Apple Play City, Old Sheffield Road, Rotherham. The applicant company operated a business in this former warehouse as a children’s indoor soft play centre with a large café and also offered the venue for hire for private functions such as corporate events, wedding receptions and private parties for both children and adults. This application was for the grant of a premises licence for the one licensable activity of the supply of alcohol every day during the period from 1100 hours until 1800 hours and also until 2000 hours on the days and occasions when the venue was hired for private events and was closed to the general public.


The Licensing Authority had received one representation from a local Borough Councillor for the electoral Ward in which the premises were situated, which was not withdrawn and the Sub-Committee considered that representation.


The applicant’s representative referred to the submitted plan of the premises’ interior and informed the Sub-Committee of the intention that only part of the whole premises would be the subject of the premises licence (if granted). This area was adjacent to the kitchen and included the bar and measured approximately three square metres and was capable of accommodating only twelve persons or so, seated on chairs at tables. The alcohol purchased would be restricted to this licensed area and would not be permitted to be taken elsewhere on the premises.  Children would not be allowed to enter this licensed area. A closed circuit television system was installed and in operation at the premises.


The Sub-Committee was also informed of the detail of staff employed at the premises, the training they had already received and the intention of the applicant company to operate the Challenge 25 scheme (relating to the sale of alcohol). It was also confirmed that persons entering the premises were required to sign a register and that children must be accompanied by a person aged 18 years or older. Many of these measures taken were requirements of the insurance policy for the premises and the activities taking place at the premises.


Included within the bundle of documents submitted to this hearing were the additional conditions of licence suggested by the Borough Council as Licensing Authority and also by the South Yorkshire Police. The representative of the applicant company confirmed the company’s acceptance of these conditions, as well as the intention to promote the four Licensing objectives as defined by the Licensing Act 2003, in particular the protection of children from harm.


The representation from the local Ward Councillor referred to concerns about children gaining access to the licensed area and to the possibility of adults leaving alcoholic drinks unguarded.  There were also concerns about private functions possibly continuing later into the evening than the premises’ stated closing time of 2000 hours, which may lead to issues of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.