Agenda and draft minutes
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
Resolved – That Councillor A Hodson be appointed Chair for this meeting.
MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Sub-Committee are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members of the Sub-Committee were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
No such declarations were made.
The Corporate Director for Business Management reported upon an application that had been received from Merseyside Police for a Summary Review of the Premises Licence in respect of Sherlocks Wine Bar, 24-28 Conway Street, Birkenhead, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Corporate Director for Business Management advised that the Sub-Committee may, having regard to the application for a Summary Review and any relevant representations, take such of the following steps as it considered appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives:
· Modify the Conditions of the Licence.
· Exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the Licence.
· Remove the Designated Premises Supervisor.
· Suspend the Licence for a period not exceeding three months.
· Revoke the Licence.
Members were informed that the Licensing Authority may decide that no action would be appropriate if it found that the summary review did not require it to take any steps that were appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.
The grounds for review were in relation to the premises being associated with serious crime and serious disorder.
It was reported that the premises held a Premises Licence allowing the licensable activities as set out within the report but that further to the submission of an application for a Summary Review received on 31 October 2018, Members of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee had deemed it necessary and appropriate to suspend the Premises Licence due to the premises being associated with serious crime and serious disorder. The suspension of the Premises Licence had taken immediate effect following a Hearing held on 2 November 2018 pending the determination of the Review.
Members were advised that in considering whether to impose an interim step the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee had taken into account the Senior Police Officer’s Certificate that had accompanied the application and representations received from Merseyside Police. Members had also had regard to the Summary Review Guidance issued by the Home Office and considered that the interim step to suspend the Premises Licence had been necessary to prevent serious crime and serious disorder occurring at the premises.
In respect of the application for a Summary Review a representation had been received from the Licensing Authority which related to breaches of the Premises Licence conditions. A representation had also been received from two local residents who were in support of the application submitted by Merseyside Police. The representation related to a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and violence which had occurred at the premises. Copies of the representations were available.
Merseyside Police were represented by Sergeant C Carmichael. Constable J Moran, Constable T Grafton, Constable G Minnery, Inspector C Bland and G Littlehales, Police Licensing Officer were also in attendance.
Mr A Bushell, Licensing Authority and Mr P Edwards representing the two local residents attended the meeting.
Mr Rodger, Premises Licence Holder was in attendance together with his legal representative Mr P Robson and Mr J Radford, owner of the building.
The Licensing Manager reported that Merseyside Police had made a request ... view the full minutes text for item 21.