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Apologies for absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
Councillor Alan Bolshaw, Chair of the Licensing Sub-Committee, stated that prior to the Hearing he had received an email from the Applicant, Mr Clive Thomason. He stated that after reading the email, he sent it to Chris Howell, Commercial Regulation Manager, to deal with and confirmed that the contents of the email had not prejudiced his decision in any way.
Councillors Inston and Crofts made the same declaration as they had received the same email from the Applicant.
An application for a Premises Licence in respect of Purity Club, 3 Pitt Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0NF was considered following representations received from the Licensing Authority, Public Health and West Midlands Police.
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.
Debra Craner, Section Leader Licensing, provided an outline of the
application and reported that since the agenda had been published, Elaine Moreton, Licensing Authority, had submitted some proposed amendments to the Applicant’s Operating Schedule. She further stated that these proposed amendments had been circulated to all parties in advance of the Hearing.
The Chair invited the Applicant to present his application.
Mr Clive Thomason did so as per Appendix 1 of the report. He stated that he had successfully ran a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) club in Dudley for 13 years and was moving to the Wolverhampton area for convenience. He advised that if parties were not comfortable with certain activities or equipment at the premises they would be removed.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question Mr Thomason in relation to his submission.
Mr Thomason responded to questions asked and stated that:
The Chair invited the Licensing Authority to make representations. Elaine Moreton, Section Leader Licensing, did so as per Appendix 5 of the report.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the Licensing Authority in relation to its submission. Mrs Moreton responded to questions asked and stated that she was happy for her proposals to be amended or added to.
The Sub-Committee adjourned at 12.20 hours for lunch.
The Hearing reconvened at 12.40 hours.
The Chair invited West Midlands Police (WMP) to make representations. Mr Andrew Parker, Barrister representing West Midlands Police, did so as per Appendix 3 of the report. He stated that the application, in its current form, was not fit for purpose and requested that the Sub-Committee either reject the application or adjourn the Hearing to a later date allowing the Applicant time to improve his application. He further stated that despite the Applicant agreeing to the proposals from the Licensing Authority, WMP still had concerns about the intended use of the premises.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question West Midlands Police in relation to its submission. Mr Parker and Sgt Steph Reynolds responded to questions asked. Sgt Reynolds stated that WMP had not had enough time to consider the proposed amendments from the Licensing Authority and suggested that an adjournment to a future date would be enable them to so.