Venue: Online Meeting
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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Sarah Gee, Environmental Health.
Declarations of interest
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An application for a Review of a Premises Licence in respect of Diamond Banqueting Suite, Skinner Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 4LD had been received from 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. Aimee Taylor, Licensingand Regulatory Officer, West Midlands Police, applicant for review, confirmed that the summary was accurate.
The Chair then closed the live session and the press and public were excluded from the meeting under paragraph 7 of schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.
The Chair invited West Midlands Police to present their application. Aimee Taylor, West Midlands Police, did so as per Appendix 3 and 4 of the report. She stated that the Premises Licence Holder had undermined the four licensing objectives and asked for revocation of the licence.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the applicant in relation to her submission. Miss Taylor responded to questions asked.
The Chair invited the Premises Licence Holder to make representations.
Mr Gavin Ward, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, did so and stated the following:
· Mr Singh, Premises Licence holder had operated Diamond Banqueting Suite successfully since April 2008.
· The effect of the pandemic meant the business could not trade and was not making any money so his client had used the kitchen area of the premises as an online clothing business.
· His client had leased parts of the premises out and had produced leases to this effect.
· The leases commenced prior to the raid by the Police at the premises. During that time his client had not visited the property often because the sale of clothes mainly took place online.
· His client accepted that he did not notify the Licensing Authority of the change of use, however because the activities supposedly being undertaken by the tenants did not concern licensable activities, he did not consider it a major concern.
· English was not his client’s first language and that was why communication with Ms Taylor on 20 April 2021 was so difficult.
· His client had not had the requisite keys to allow Ms Taylor access on that day to the other areas of the premises.
· His client was a man of good character and had never been in trouble with the Police before.
· That the committee should work with his client and not seek to remove him as DPS, suspend the licence or revoke it.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question Mr Ward in relation to his submission. Mr Ward responded to questions asked.
The Chair invited the Licensing Authority to make representations. Amitabh Singh, Section Leader Licensing did so as per Appendix 5 of the report. He stated that the Premises Licence Holder had failed to uphold the licensing objectives, and knowingly breached the ... view the full minutes text for item 3.