Agenda and draft minutes
Contact: Anne Beauchamp
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
Resolved – That Councillor A Hodson be appointed Chair for this meeting.
MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Licensing Panel 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 Licensing Act 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 Director of Law and Governance reported upon an application that had been received from the Licensing Authority for a Review of a Premises Licence in respect of Family Shopper, 164-166 Bedford Road, Rock Ferry CH42 2AS, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Licensing Manager outlined the report and advised that the Licensing Act Sub-Committee may, having regard to the application for the Review and any relevant representations, take such of the following steps as it considered appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives:
· To 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; or
· Revoke the Licence
Members were informed that the Licensing Act Sub-Committee may decide that no action would be appropriate if it found that the review did not require it to take any steps that were appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.
It was reported that the premises currently hold a Premises Licence allowing the licensable activities as set out within the report.
The Licensing Manager reported that the application to review the Premises Licence had been received from the Licensing Authority on the grounds that illegal activity had been taking place at the premises. It had been identified that individuals had been working at the premises who were not legally entitled to live or work in the United Kingdom and the Licensing Authority considered that this undermined the licensing objective regarding the prevention of crime and disorder.
In respect of the review application, a representation had been received from the Home Office who supported the application to review the Premises Licence by the Licensing Authority. A copy of the representation was available.
The Licensing Authority were represented at the Hearing by Andrew Bushell, Licensing Operations Manager and Jo Moran, Licensing Enforcement Officer.
The Premises Licence Holder attended the meeting together with a Licensing Consultant.
The Licensing Manager confirmed that all documentation had been sent and received.
The Licensing Operations Manager addressed the Sub-Committee and reported that the business had held a Premises Licence since 21 December 2018. He provided a history of applications that had been made to transfer the Premises Licence and vary the Designated Premises Supervisor which resulted in SS becoming the Premises Licence Holder and the Designated Premises Supervisor from 25 June 2021. A Hearing to review the Premises Licence had been scheduled for 19 May 2023 to consider the Review application, however on 18 May 2023 an application had been received by the Licensing Authority to transfer the Premises Licence to RK and to vary the Designated Premises Supervisor to VVRN with immediate effect, therefore at the hearing on 19 May 2023, the Licensing Sub-Committee granted a request made on behalf of the current Premises Licence Holder to adjourn the Review Hearing to today’s date.
The Licensing Operations Manager advised Members of the Sub-Committee that on 1 February 2023 a police officer had conducted a ... view the full minutes text for item 3.