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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 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act relating to any individual and paragraph 7 of Schedule 12A to the Act relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.
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 paragraphs 1 and 7 of Schedule 12A to the Act.
Licensing Act 2003 – Application for a Transfer of a Premises Licence in respect of Alisha Supermarket, 116-126 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton, WV2 2AW
An Application for a Transfer of a Premises Licence in respect of Alisha Supermarket, 116-126 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton, WV2 2AW was considered following representations received from West Midlands
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. Mr Adrian Curtis, Solicitor, representing the Applicant, confirmed that the summary was accurate.
The Chair invited the Applicant to present their application. Mr Adrian Curtis did so on behalf of his client.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the Applicant and their representative in relation to its submission.
No questions were asked.
The Chair invited West Midlands Police to make representations.
Aimee Taylor, West Midlands Police, did so as per Appendix 4 of the report and the supplementary agenda pack.
Mr Adrian Curtis pointed out that West Midlands Police could only object to the application under the Prevention of Crime and Disorder Licensing Objective. Sarah Hardwick, Senior Solicitor confirmed this.
The Chair invited all parties present to question West Midlands Police in relation to its submission. Ms Aimee Taylor and Detective Constable Sarah Evans responded to questions asked.
Mr Curtis stated that details within the submission from West Midlands Police had not been disclosed to all parties prior to the Hearing and that other details were not relevant to the case. He requested therefore, that these details be disregarded by the Sub-Committee.
Sarah Hardwick, Senior Solicitor agreed and advised the Sub-Committee that information not disclosed by West Midlands Police until the day of the hearing should be disregarded. The reason was that the information had been disclosed on the morning of the Hearing and the Hearings Regulations provided that the Licensing Sub Committee may take into account information produced before the hearing or, with consent of all other parties, at the hearing. The Solicitor for the applicant did not consent to the information disclosed on the day of the hearing being used.
The Chair invited all parties present to make their final address.
Mr Adrian Curtis and West Midlands Police made a final statement.
Councillor Page, Councillor Potter, Councillor Inston, the Senior Solicitor and Democratic Services Officer, withdrew from the meeting to enable the Sub-Committee to determine the matter.
The Sub-Committee adjourned at 10.50 hours.
The Hearing reconvened at 11.30 hours.
Councillor Page, Councillor Potter, Councillor Inston, the Senior Solicitor and Democratic Services Officer re-joined the meeting.
The Chair advised all parties of the decision of the Sub-Committee, which was read out by the Senior Solicitor.
The Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee had taken note of all the written concerns in respect of the application to transfer a premises licence for Alisha Supermarket, 116-126 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton, WV2 2AW and had listened to the arguments of those who had spoken at the hearing, for and against the application.
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