The Licensing Officer outlined the background to the application as follows:
· The application had been made on behalf of the Parks and Markets team;
· The process was to apply for a provisional consent application in the first instance to gauge issues around the city and see if each location was appropriate;
· The process provided a seamless route for applicants as it addressed any issues at an early stage and allowed a more streamline application process;
· Anyone applying for the concession would also need to persuade the Council that they were a fit and proper person to hold a street trading licence;
· If the Committee was minded to grant consent, the Licensing Team recommended two additional conditions (as well as the usual standard conditions) relating to preventing the use of either a diesel or petrol generator and ensuring the concession could not operate if another event was taking place without the prior permission of the event organiser.
The Parks and Markets Officer outlined the background for the application:
· The Parks and Markets Team had identified a need to reduce expenditure by £3m and following a citywide consultation about ways of generating income, one of the options identified was to increase the number of concessions in parks;
· The team had worked with the procurement and public health teams with a view to achieving a gold standard in terms of environment and quality in addition to price;
· The team was mindful of what would work within a park, and the current successful concessions were usually limited to tea, coffee and ice cream rather than fast food.
· Concerns had been raised about litter, but the licence would contain a clause about litter and the successful applicant consent holder would need to provide a rubbish receptacle;
· Concerns had also been expressed about driving on the grass, but there was a paved area that a concession could use to reach the location;
· There was a mobile ice cream van which often traded in this area, but this was not associated with Bristol City Council.
At this point in the meeting, everyone withdrew with the exception of the Committee Members, Legal Advisor to the Committee and Democratic Services Officer while the Committee considered the application. Everyone returned to the meeting to hear the decision.
It was proposed, seconded and;
RESOLVED (unanimously) that consent be granted in principle for a street trading licenceat South Corner of Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove, subject to the following conditions (in addition to standard conditions normally attached):
· The consent holder will be required to install an electric charging point (or gas alternative) before any concession is in place;
· The maximum hours of operation will be Monday to Sunday 09 00 – 20 00;
· The consent will exclude any such items deemed to cause offence and/or harm, such as alcohol, weapons, fireworks, vaping, tobacco, knives or legal highs.
· The consent holder shall not be permitted to use either a diesel or petrol generator. The unit may be powered by an alternative energy source, however it must be of a ‘silent running’ nature.
· The consent holder will not be permitted to trade on occasions when other events, or festivals take place at the site, or which encompass the site, without the explicit written permission of the event or festival organiser.