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Agenda and minutes
Venue: Digital Meeting via Microsoft Teams
Contact: Rebecca Barrett
Introduction And recording Arrangements
Due to technical difficulties, the meeting start was delayed to 10.25 a.m.
The Chair welcomed all those in attendance and introductions were made. The Chair reminded those present that the meeting was being recorded and would be made available following the meeting via the Council’s website – Click Here to View
Apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P.J. Bevan due to connectivity issues. With the prior agreement of the applicant, the meeting proceeded with two Sub Committee Members.
Declarations of Interest.
There were no declarations of interest made at the beginning or during the course of the meeting.
The Legal Advisor to the Sub Committee outlined the procedure for the meeting, including the order of representations and the opportunities for all parties to ask questions.
Mrs Kathryn Hopkins (Senior Licensing Officer) presented the report and outlined the application submitted by Ms Cara Gregory (trading as CC Tasties) for the grant of a Street Trading Consent for a catering trailer located at 2 Glan y Avon Lane, Fleur De Lis, Pengam, NP12 3WA.
The Officer asked the Members to note a typographical error in the report, with the actual trading hours the applicant had sought consent for being Monday to Sunday between 07:30 to 16:00. Members were also advised that the applicant had submitted photographs in support of the application earlier that morning, which detailed the proposed location for the street trading catering trailer. These photographs had been emailed to Members and objectors, with the applicant present to answer any questions on these later in the meeting.
During the 14-day consultation period, representations were received from Caerphilly County Boroughs Highways Department in its capacity as an appropriate body, who objected to the application on the basis of concerns regarding public safety in relation to obstructive parking access for emergency vehicles and historic problems from unlawful parking within the area. Representations were also received from two local businesses in objection to the application, who raised concerns regarding potential detriment to the local community if the application were to be granted. Full details of the representations were appended to the Officer’s report. Members were also referred to photographs of the proposed trading location as appended to the report. Attention was drawn to the determination process as set out in the Street Trading Policy and to the way in which the Sub Committee would deal with the application. Members were referred to the recommendation set out in the Licensing Manager’s report, which recommended the refusal of the application, following concerns raised in respect of the promotion of public safety, protection of local amenity and prevention of public nuisance. Members were reminded that this was only a recommendation, and in reaching their decision they should take into account Paragraph 18.5 of the Council’s Street Trading Policy as listed in Section 5.11 of the report. It was also noted that there were no further comments received from other consultees other than those mentioned in the report.
All parties present were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the Senior Licensing Officer and none were received.
Representations were then invited from Highways as the Appropriate Body. Mr Dean Smith (CCBC Principal Engineer, Traffic Management) referred to his representation and shared a street view of Glan y Avon Lane for ease of reference. He stated there had been a longstanding concern with obstructive car parking on the lane in contravention of the double yellow lines at the location. These complaints were in relation to the former business owner (a car repair shop) that operated from this site. It was noted that the lane ... view the full minutes text for item 3.