Agenda and draft minutes

Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee - Thursday, 25th February, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: Online Meeting

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

Note: Please note this meeting will be conducted in line with the The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. 

Media

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 Review of a Premises Licence in respect of The Glassy Junction, 131 Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 2HR pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

An application for a review of a Premises Licence in respect of The Glassy Junction, 131 Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 2HR, had been received from the Service Lead – Covid Business Support, Environmental Health.

 

The Chair welcomed all parties to the hearing and listed all those in attendance. He outlined the procedure to be followed and all parties confirmed that they understood the procedure.

 

Elizabeth Gregg, Senior Licensing and Compliance Officer, provided an outline of the application. Charlotte Rose, Service Lead – Covid Business Support (applicant), confirmed that the summary was accurate.

 

The Chair invited the Service Lead – Covid Business Support to present her application. Charlotte Rose, Service Lead – Covid Business Supportdid so as per Appendix 3 of the report. The Service Lead stated that there had been a flagrant disregard by the Premises Licence Holder (PLH) to uphold the licensing objectives and ensure that the premises were COVID-secure by continuing to flout the requirements set by law during the emergency period. She further stated that patrons had unnecessarily been put at risk due to a clear lack of management and that revocation of the premises licence was requested.

 

The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the applicant in relation to her submission. Charlotte Rose, Service Lead – Covid Business Support, provided responses to questions asked.

 

The Chair invited the Premises Licence Holder to make representations.

 

Anthony Schiller, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, stated the following:

 

  1. His client, Onkar Singh Basra, the Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor (PLH/DPS), had taken over the premises in 2017. He had spent money improving the premises and had made it more family orientated.
  2. There had been no concerns with the premises between 2017 and the incidents in 2020 resulting from the Covid pandemic.
  3. Since March 2020 a raft of new Covid regulations had been introduced that were continually changing and were difficult to follow.
  4. The PLH had done his best to comply with the new regulations and thought he was doing everything correctly.
  5. On 10 October 2020 a wedding had not taken place at the premises.
  6. On 14 November 2020 the premises had been serving takeaway food and drinks only, where orders were collected or delivered. There had been seven members of staff present, including the delivery driver, and five customers collecting orders. It had been towards the end of the evening and those present had been given a drink to celebrate Diwali.
  7. There had been no firework display and the fireworks identified were for Mr Basra’s private use.
  8. The PLH had a good compliance history and no deliberate mischief had been intended.
  9. The takeaway service had continued with no further incidents.
  10. Revocation of the premises licence was not appropriate,

 

The Chair invited all parties present to question Mr Schiller in relation to

his submission. Mr Schiller and Onkar Singh Basra, (PLH) provided the following responses to questions asked:

 

  1. Mr Basra had tried his best to comply but had got it wrong.
  2. He had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.