Agenda and minutes

Online meeting, Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday 13 July 2021 9:45 am

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No. Item


Appointment of Chair


Resolved that: Councillor Wehring was appointed Chair for the meeting.


Voting: Unanimous


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.



To confirm that the minutes of the meeting held on 6 July 2021 are a correct record.


The minutes of the previous Licensing Sub-Committee hearing held on 6 July 2021 were confirmed as a true and correct record.




Grocemania, 1 Kings Passage, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1AQ pdf icon PDF 5 MB

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The Licensing Officer introduced the matter for determination and informed the Sub-Committee that the application sought the grant of the following:

?       to permit the sale by retail of alcohol (for consumption off the premises), Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 23:00 in line with the operating hours set out in Annex 2 of the report to the Licensing Sub-Committee. The sale of alcohol is to fulfil online orders only and there will be no public access to the premises at any time. 

The Licensing Officer explained that the applicant had advertised the application, as required, by way of the statutory poster at the premises and by advertisement in a local newspaper and that the application had also been advertised on the Council’s website for the full consultation period. In addition, 55 addresses were consulted in writing and informed that an application had been received. 4 valid representations were received from Other Persons. The representations made reference to matters that relate to the prevention of public nuisance and prevention of crime and disorder licensing objectives. It was confirmed that all Responsible Authorities received a copy of the application and no representations were received from those Responsible Authorities. 

The Licensing Sub-Committee first heard from the applicant who first sent their apologies for an error in the public notice that showed the applicant as Grocemania Ltd and not Grocemania K Ltd. It was clarified that both companies are in partnership in the overall commercial venture and therefore a premises licence can effectively be granted to either company. The applicant also explained that the conditions do not permit alcohol to be delivered to anyone in a public space but only to residential or commercial premises, as was agreed with the relevant responsible authorities. Deliveries are also only to be made by bicycle only with no use of moped or motorcycles and the premises would be stocked once a week.

The Licensing Sub-Committee queried the applicant in relation to whether only alcohol could be ordered on its own. The applicant explained that this would be possible but that based on operations of the Grocemania delivery service elsewhere, this was not a particularly common occurrence but wished for it to remain as a possibility for customers. 

In response to queries from the Licensing Sub-Committee on the outsourcing of Grocemania logistics to ‘Stuart’, the applicant explained that this is information from the operations of Grocemania elsewhere and not in Kingston. The deliveries would be carried out by two current employees of the company. The ambition was for two delivery cyclists to fulfil the expected 80 daily orders with an aim to upgrade to 3 cyclists as a maximum. These employees would be contracted full-time regardless of the overall number of deliveries required. The bicycles would be stored inside the premises when not in use and there would be no intention to use third party delivery services. The applicant was happy to allow an additional condition imposed by the Licensing Sub-Committee to ensure that bicycles were stored inside  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair


There were no urgent items.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following matters may be considered in private if the Committee agrees that, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public are excluded from the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that exempt information, as defined in paragraph 1 ofPart I of Schedule 12A to the Act, would be disclosed.  This paragraph covers information relating to any individual.



This item was not required.