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An application for a Review of a Premises Licence in respect of Rocket Pool Inn, Rocket Pool Drive, Bradley, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV14 8BH had been received from the Service Lead – Covid Business Support within Environmental Health.
The Chair welcomed all parties to the hearing and members of the Sub-Committee introduced themselves. 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. She reported that since the agenda had been published, a further supplementary agenda had been circulated, containing additional information.
The Senior Licensing and Compliance Officer further reported that since the review application had been submitted, applications to transfer the premise licence and vary the Designated Premises Supervisor had been received.
David Abel, Solicitor representing the Service Lead – Covid Business Support (applicant for review) confirmed that the summary was accurate.
Leo Charalamides, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, enquired whether West Midlands Police had submitted any further representations other than what was detailed in Appendix 4 of the agenda pack.
Elizabeth Gregg, Senior Licensing and Compliance Officer, confirmed that West Midlands Police had not submitted any further representations or supporting evidence.
Leo Charalamides, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, advised the Sub-Committee that the police therefore had no evidence to rely on and as he and his client had not given consent for them to submit further evidence during the Hearing, they were not allowed to do so.
The Chair invited the Licencing Authority to confirm whether they agreed with the supplementary mediation documents submitted by Environmental Health.
Amitabh Singh, Section Leader Licensing, confirmed that he had seen the mediation documents and agreed to them.
The Chair invited Public Health to confirm whether they agreed with the mediation documents submitted by Environmental Health.
Michelle Smith, Principle Public Health Specialist, confirmed that she also agreed to the mediation documents.
The Chair outlined the situation and stated that all parties except for West Midlands Police had agreed to the mediation documents submitted by Environmental Health. He invited West Midlands Police to explain their position regarding the hearing.
Francesca Anderson, Solicitor representing West Midlands Police, stated that the police were not in a position to withdraw their representations as they did not agree with the proposed mediation documents from Environmental Health. She stated that they wanted to continue with the Hearing and sought revocation of the premises licence, or a suspension for a period of three months pending the outcome of the transfer application.
Robert Marshal, Solicitor, reminded West Midlands Police that the transfer and variation of DPS applications were a separate matter entirely and would be considered through the appropriate channels. He asked her to clarify their position with regards to the review application and why they didn’t agree to the mediation documents.
Francesca Anderson, Solicitor representing West Midlands Police, stated that the premises had been ineffectively managed by the previous Premises Licence Holder (PLH) and Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), ... view the full minutes text for item 3.