Agenda and minutes

Licensing, Environment & Safety Sub-Committee A - Wednesday, 9th March, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Charlotte Griffin  (0161 474 3235/ 07815467634)

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To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meetings held on 2 February and 8 February 2022.

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The minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 8 February 2022 were approved as correct record and signed by the Chair.

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Declarations of interest

Councillors and officers are invited to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests which they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

No declarations were made.

3.

Public question time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and members of the sub committee on any matters within the powers and duties of the sub committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the code of practice. (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meeting).

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No public questions were submitted.

4.

Exclusion of the public and public interest test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during consideration of agenda item 5 - Licensing Act 2003: application to review the Premises Licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9AD, as appendices to the report contain information ‘not for publication’ in accordance with Section 14(2) of The Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, and where the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

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RESOLVED - That notwithstanding the submission of information as part of Agenda Item 5 – ‘Licensing Act 2003: Application to review the premises license at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AD’ which had been classified as ‘Not for Publication’ by virtue of it containing material which related to an individual, the sub committee was satisfied that in the circumstances it was not necessary for the public to be excluded from the meeting.

5.

Licensing Act 2003: application to review the premises licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AD pdf icon PDF 556 KB

 

To consider a report of the Director for Place Management.

 

The report details an application from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Trading Standards) to review the Premises Licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AD due to failure to adequately promote the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the protection of children from harm.

 

The Sub Committee is recommended to consider the application for the review of the Premises Licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley Stockport SK3 9AD.

 

Officer contact: Ian O Donnell 0161 474 4175 | ian.odonnell@stockport.gov.uk

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A representative of the Director for Place Management submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) detailing an application from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Trading Standards Authority (Trading Standards) being a responsible authority under the Licensing Act 2003 and exercising its statutory function to promote the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, and the protection of children from harm licensing objectives, to review the Premises Licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AD.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Licensing Authority (Licensing Authority), also made a valid representation being a responsible authority under the Licensing Act 2003 and exercising its statutory function to promote the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm licensing objectives. Representatives from both Trading Standards and the Licensing Authority, attended the meeting and answered questions in relation to the application.

The Premises Licence Holder and his representatives also attended the meeting and answered questions in relation to the application.

Additional evidence, including letters, an invoice, and seized counterfeit products, were submitted at the meeting. The interested parties agreed that the additional evidence be presented to and considered by the Sub-Committee.

The Sub-Committee, having heard the interested parties, proceeded to consider the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the protection of children from harm licensing objectives in respect of the application, together with the relevant parts of the council’s Licensing Policy and guidance from the Home Office. However, the decision was reached on consideration of all arguments given in relation to this specific application.

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RESOLVED – That having heard the application for a review of the premises licence at Drinks Allowed, 18 Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AD made by Trading Standards and supported by the Licensing Authority and having considered all the evidence presented, the Sub-Committee was satisfied that the premises had demonstrated its inability to satisfactorily address the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, and the protection of children from harm licensing objectives on the following grounds:

·           Accepting potential technical difficulties, a failure to provide CCTV footage as required under condition on the existing premises licence.

·           A failure to provide effective management and training of staff on the premises in respect of the use of CCTV and age verification.

·           The intention for the sale of illegal tobacco (vape products).

·           The intentional purchasing of illegal tobacco, although not for sale, demonstrates that the premise license holder was not promoting the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective.

In arriving at this view, the Sub-Committee considered the evidence included within the application for the review of the premises licence submitted by Trading Standards and the representations in support of the review submitted by the Licensing Authority, and balanced this against the written and oral evidence submitted by the premises licence holder.

The Sub-Committee was of the view that there had been significant and repeated failures by the premises to comply with the conditions of the licence, which demonstrated a sustained disregard for the licensing objectives.

The Home Office Guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003 provides that there was certain criminal activity that may arise in connection with licensed premises which should be treated particularly seriously. These include the use of the licensed premises for the sale or storage of smuggled tobacco and alcohol. Vapes and e-cigarettes are tobacco products.

It was envisaged that licensing authorities, the police, the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) and other law enforcement agencies, which were responsible authorities, would use the review procedures effectively to deter such activities and crime. Where reviews arise and the licensing authority determines that the crime prevention objective was being undermined through the premises being used to further crimes, it was expected that revocation of the licence – even in the first instance – should be seriously considered. The Sub-Committee was satisfied that by knowingly purchasing counterfeit tobacco, even if for personal use, the crime prevention  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.