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No. Item


Appointment of a Chair



Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made.



Meeting Procedure



Taco Bell Premises License pdf icon PDF 549 KB

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The Technical Officer presented the report and outlined the application and highlighted the representation/objection on page 34 of the agenda had been withdrawn.

The Technical Officer made the following statements regarding Members’ questions:

i.       Believed that McDonalds had a license until 4:00am but was not certain and would need to investigate further.

ii.       Would like applicant to discuss/describe schedule of building works as he was in a better position to answer.



Mr Rees-Gay made the following points:

i.       Had revised conditions based on recommendations from Environmental Health and the Police.

ii.       The Adil Group already ran 26 Taco Bell franchises in the UK.

iii.      They also ran other restaurants in the UK including Burger King.

iv.      Mr Roderickson was the general manager and had 30 years industry experience.

v.      The restaurant would create 50 full and part-time jobs. Many of those jobs would be in effect from 11:00pm until closing time.

vi.      A training programme was in place for late night licenses, this was a formal training package for employees working late night hours.

vii.     The management will work with responsible authority and police to ensure premises operates within licensing conditions that do not negatively impact on the local area.

viii.    Sent out messages to objectors attempting to reach an understanding and to overcome their concerns. One objector dropped their objections based on applicant agreeing that tables and chairs in Market Passage would be cleared by 10:00pm, rather than 11:00pm.

ix.      There would not be spillage on to the street at any time as all customers would be contained in the premises.

x.      Taco Bell would be refurbished. The management would be happy to discuss any work done with Cambridge City Council Project Officer.

xi.      Would have door staff on duty Friday-Saturday and Bank Holidays.

xii.     Grant Roderickson was happy to provide his telephone number to objectors so they can contact him directly with any issues.



      i.         Nightclubs would be busy at 11:00pm. Their premises license stated that if the Pub had a queue, they must have a queue area. They stated that their license infringes upon this (Taco Bells) license.

    ii.         Had been running Town and Gown Pub since 2020 which closed at 1:00am. However, they were appealing not as operators of the Pub but as residents who lived on site. They had worked hard to make it a nice street. With the nightclubs and with a new late night food venue this would cause an issue/anti-social behaviour.

   iii.         When there were “500 people” leaving a nightclub there would surely be people sitting in the street outside eating after the nightclub closes, which would be problematic.

  iv.         The noise at 4:00am would be an issue. They were working with MASH Nightclub to try and reduce the noise currently. They were keeping a log of incidents that have happened with MASH. 2-3 times a week there are noise issues, ASB, Aggressive ASB, all occurring in this market passage area.

    v.         Realistically people would go into market  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22/26/Lic