Agenda and draft minutes

Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday, 12th July, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Online Meeting

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

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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.

Licensing Act 2003 - Application for a Premises Licence in respect of Irrhysponsible Drinks, 1A Brantley Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV3 9AP pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

An application for a Premises Licence in respect of Irrhysponsible Drinks, 1A Brantley Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV3 9AP was considered following representations received from the Licensing Authority, West Midlands Police, Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Public Health and Other Persons.

 

The Chair welcomed all parties to the hearing and invited all those present to introduce themselves. All parties did so. He outlined the procedure to be followed and all parties confirmed that they understood the procedure.

 

Anita Chonk, Senior Licensing and Compliance Officer provided an outline of the application. Mr Rob Jephcotes, Agent representing the Applicant, Mr Rhys Linton, confirmed that the summary was accurate.

 

The Chair invited the Applicant to present the application. Mr Rob Jephcotes did so as per Appendix 1 of the report. He stated that he and his client had proactively tried to mediate with the objectors and were happy to work with the Responsible Authorities to address any concerns they had.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question Mr Jephcotes and his client in relation to his submission.

 

In response to questions asked, Mr Linton stated the following:

  • A Challenge 25 Policy had been implemented at the premises.
  • Age verification posters had been displayed.
  • An incident logbook and refusals book were in place.
  • Since reading the objections he had realised that his social media advertising had not been appropriate, and he was learning from experience.
  • Parking was available at the premises.
  • CCTV was in place outside the premises.
  • Mistakes had been made due to his lack of experience, but he was now aware of his responsibilities.
  • He would be happy to reduce the trading hours.

 

The Chair invited the Licensing Authority to make representations. Greg Bickerdike, Licensing Manager, did so as per Appendix 3 of the report. He stated that the mediation document on page 73 of the report had not been agreed and that he had concerns regarding the underage sale incident and the marketing on social media.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the Licensing Authority in relation to its submission. Greg Bickerdike responded to questions asked and explained his concerns regarding the sale of single bottles.

 

The Chair invited West Midlands Police (WMP) to make representations. Aimee Taylor did so as per Appendix 4 of the report. She stated that WMP had not seen an age verification policy for the premises and had concerns regarding the online sales. She further stated that the Applicant was not upholding the Licensing Objectives.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question West Midlands Police in relation to its submission. Miss Taylor responded to questions asked.

 

The Chair invited Environmental Health to make representations. Emma Waites, Senior Officer - Food and Health and Safety, did so as per Appendix 6 of the report. She stated that her objections were regarding noise nuisance and that her concerns would be alleviated should the Applicant reduce the trading hours as proposed.

 

The Chair invited all parties present to question Environmental Health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.