Agenda and minutes
Licensing and Appeals Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Monday, 20th May, 2019 10.10 am
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Beth Morgan
Exclusion of the Public
The officers consider that the following item or items contains exempt information as provided for in the Local Government Access to Information Act and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The Committee is recommended to agree the necessary resolutions excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of these items. At the time this agenda is published no representations have been that this part of the meeting should be open to the public.
A recommendation was made that the public is excluded during consideration of the items of business.
To exclude the public during consideration of the following items which involved consideration of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of particular persons, and public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.
Application for a Street Trading Consent for Market Stall, Corner Bury New Rd, Waterloo Road and Howard Street, Manchester, M8.
The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.
The Hearing Panel considered an application from DA for a Street Trading Consent licence to sell car seat covers on a stall located at the corner of Bury New Road, Waterloo Road and Howard Street on Sundays from 0800 – 1800 hours.
Committee heard that objections had been submitted from Licensing out of Hours and North Neighbourhood Teams on the basis that the Applicant had been trading without consent in the locality for a number of years and that the location was one particularly vulnerable to littering, parking and traffic congestion so as to cause a nuisance.
The Applicant indicated that he had been trading from the locality for a number of years paying rent to the owner of the land and had not met with any complaints.
He indicated that if the licence was granted he would endeavour to work with the owner to ensure that the site was tidied up and made a more attractive to the area.
He further reminded the committee that the application was just for Sunday.
The Committee heard from the objectors that the locality posed a number of challenges including public nuisance, problems with littering but most notably traffic congestion issues that could be exacerbated should the licence be granted.
It was also suggested that the land was owned by Manchester City Council and no permission had been granted to operate a stall from the locality.
To refuse to grant the licence
The Committee did not feel it appropriate to grant the Application.
It was of the view that there was insufficient space at the locality to ensure that the streets would not become obstructed or present a danger to persons using the streets,
The Committee noted that the stall was to be located at a busy junction and could present a nuisance or annoyance to road users as well as to neighbouring businesses.
The Committee was also concerned that the Applicant had been trading from the location for a number of years without a licence on land apparently owned by the City Council.