Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room 5, Ground Floor, Civic Centre

Contact: Donna Cope, Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01902 554452 Email:  donna.cope@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Exclusion of press and public

To pass the following resolution:

That, in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within paragraph 7 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

Minutes:

Resolved:

That, in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within paragraph 7 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

4.

Licensing Act 2003 – Application for an Expedited Summary Review of a Premises Licence in respect of The Talisman, Wildtree Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV10 8LL

Minutes:

An application for an expedited summary review of a Premises Licence in respect of The Talisman, Wildtree Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV10 8LL, had been received from West Midlands Police.

 

The Chair led round-table introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed. All parties confirmed that they understood the procedure.

 

Michelle James, Licensing Policy Manager, provided an outline of the application. She highlighted some discrepancies regarding the premises licence holder and sought clarification on this.

 

Duncan Craig, Barrister representing the Premises Licence Holder, confirmed the licence was held by Heineken UK, Star Pubs & Bars.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the report content.

 

No questions were asked.

 

The Chair invited West Midlands Police to present their application.

 

Sgt Steph Reynolds, West Midlands Police, stated the grounds for review as per Appendix 3 of the restricted report and requested that the premises licence be suspended.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the Review applicant in relation to its representation. Sgt Steph Reynolds provided responses to questions asked.

 

The Chair invited the Premises Licence Holder to make representations. Duncan Craig, Barrister representing the Premises Licence Holder, made representations.

 

The Chair invited all parties present to question Duncan Craig in relation to his submission.

 

No questions were asked.

 

The Chair invited all parties present to make their final address.

 

West Midlands Police and Duncan Craig made no further submissions.

 

All interested parties, with the exception of the Senior Solicitor and the Democratic Services Officers, withdrew from the meeting to enable the Sub-Committee to determine the matter.

 

All interested parties were invited back to the meeting and the Chair advised them of the decision of the Sub-Committee, which was read out in full by the Senior Solicitor.

 

Duncan Craig, Barrister representing the Premises Licence Holder, requested that Karen Nicholls, current DPS of the premises, be given the opportunity to make a statement.

 

The Sub-Committee agreed to the request.

 

Ms Nicholls confirmed that she had been employed at the premises for 15 years and loved the place. She loved the people there and felt sorry for the regular customers should the licence be suspended. She said she wanted to work with the police to keep the premises trading.

 

Resolved:

An Application had been received from the West Midlands Police on 04 December 2018 for an expedited review of the Premises Licence in respect of The Talisman, Wildtree Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV10 8LL.

 

The Chief of Police had given a certificate under Section 53A (1) (b) of the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act), stating that in their opinion the premises were associated with serious crime and disorder and had requested that interim steps be applied to the premises licence pending a full review hearing.

 

The Act and Home Office Guidance state that the tests to determine the kinds of conduct that amount to serious crime are set out in section 81(2) and (3) (a) and (b) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. These tests include conduct which constitutes an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.