Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (6) - Wednesday 27th September, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Room 3.1, 3rd Floor, 5 Strand, London, WC2 5HR. View directions

Contact: Jonathan Deacon  Email: Tel: 020 7641 2783

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To report any changes to the membership.


Councillor Barbara Grahame was unable to attend as she was unwell.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.


Consideration of Street Trading Licence Applications for the Berwick Street Market pdf icon PDF 4 MB



Wednesday 27th September and Thursday 28th September 2017


Membership:              Councillor Tim Mitchell (Chairman) and Councillor Melvyn Caplan.  Councillor Barbara Grahame was unable to attend as she was unwell.


Legal Adviser:             Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:            Chris Wroe

Committee Officer:     Jonathan Deacon

Presenting Officers:   Rosalind Hick and Robin Grey.  Heidi Lawrance also in attendance.





Aaron Lee (company name – Budy’s Bao Bao)



Nature of application


Preferred Pitch – 1130.  Alternative pitch(es) considered – none.

Trading days – Monday to Saturday

Type of commodity – hot takeaway food

Description of commodity – Asian (East), Chinese, Street Food.





Mr Lee’s application was one of forty four submitted for new street trading licences at Berwick Street Market. In reaching a decision, the Licensing Sub-Committee took account of all the details in the report, including the summary of each application and the officers’ scoring based on the criteria set out in the report; any supplementary information provided by each applicant within the report; and any additional submissions made by applicants who attended the hearing to make oral representations. Mr Lee did not attend the hearing. The Sub-Committee considered all the applications before reaching its final determination and exercised a wide discretion so as to allocate as far as possible in accordance with policy and the criteria set out in the report. In some cases the Sub-Committee did not entirely agree with the scoring in the report as it was considered that criterion 2 was vague in its description and criterion 3 was difficult to interpret accurately, especially as so many of the applications involved the sale of food. The Sub-Committee also took into account the preferences expressed for a particular pitch and, in allocating those pitches, it also had regard to what was being sold (or would be sold) by other traders in adjacent pitches.       


The Sub-Committee granted Mr Lee permission to trade at Pitch 1130 Monday to Saturday, subject to the requirements set out in paragraph 2.1 of the Licensing Sub-Committee report being satisfied.  In deciding to grant the application, the Sub-Committee took into account that Mr Lee would be operating at the pitch Monday to Saturday.  In keeping with the criteria set out in the report, the Sub-Committee was keen to score applicants more highly if they applied for every day of the working week.  Operating on a Saturday would add to the vibrancy of Berwick Street Market.


The Sub-Committee also took into account that Mr Lee’s application did include some diverse commodities which differed from what was on offer elsewhere in the Market.


In granting the application, the Licensing Sub-Committee wanted to stress that the licence was granted to the individual applicant who had to make full personal use of that licence. Although assistants could be engaged to help out when the trader was temporarily absent, the trader was expected to be present at the pitch most of the time.






Adrian Serrano Gomez (company name – Mind the Cow)



Nature of application


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