Agenda and minutes

Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 5, Ground Floor - Civic Centre. View directions

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 Banjul, 30 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3JW

Minutes:

An application for an expedited summary review of a Premises Licence in respect of Banjul, 30 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3JW, 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.

 

Debra Craner, Section Leader Licensing Officer, provided an outline of the application. West Midlands Police confirmed that the summary was accurate.

 

The Chair invited West Midlands Police to present their application.

 

PC Michelle Churm, 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 submission.

 

PC Michelle Churm and Sgt Steph Reynolds provided responses to questions asked.

 

The Chair invited the Premises Licence Holder to make representations.

 

Heath Thomas, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, made

representations and requested that as an interim step, the premises licence conditions be modified.

 

The Chair reported that ten minutes prior to the Hearing, a document containing the proposed modified conditions had been submitted by Heath Thomas to the Democratic Services Officer.

 

West Midlands Police stated they had not seen the document and the Chair sought legal advice on whether the document should be accepted.

 

Following discussions, all parties agreed that the list of proposed modified conditions would be circulated, and the Hearing adjourned to allow all parties the opportunity to consider the document.

 

The Sub-Committee adjourned at 11.38 hours.

 

The Hearing reconvened at 11:48 hours.

 

The Chair invited all parties present to question Heath Thomas in relation to

his submission.

 

Heath Thomas and his clients W Jones, D Jones and K Robinson provided responses to questions asked.

 

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

 

Heath Thomas presented a summary on behalf of the Premises Licence Holder.

 

PC Michelle Churm presented a summary on behalf of West Midlands Police.

 

All interested parties, with the exception of the 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 Solicitor.

 

Resolved:

An application had been received from the West Midlands Police on 11 October 2019 for an expedited review of the Premises Licence in respect of Banjul, 30 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3JW.

 

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 Sub-Committee heard and read from the applicant (West Midlands Police) that:

  1. The Police had been unable to receive the co-operation of the Premises in vetting DJ’s and carrying out risk assessments;
  2. On Saturday 5  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.