An application for a review of a Premises
Licence in respect of Zina’s Supermarket, 130 Lime Street,
Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, WV3 0EX, had been received from the
City of Wolverhampton Council’s Trading Standards.
Ms J. Till, Section Leader (Licensing), provided an
outline of the application. Mrs D. Slack, Trading Standards,
confirmed that the summary was accurate.
Mrs Slack stated the
grounds for review as per Appendix 3 of the report.
The Chair invited the
Sub-Committee to question Mrs Slack on her
representation. Mrs Slack stated the
following in response to questions:
The Review was important as the sale of illicit
tobacco was dangerous to public health due to the lack of controls
over what went into it and there was no duty to detail tar levels
or chemicals on the packet. Cigarettes
were priced very cheaply at £3 per packet, meaning that there
was no price disincentive for customers. The price also took profits away from other
traders dealing in legitimate tobacco;
On the first visit to the premises, in February
2016, counterfeit or non duty paid tobacco products were easily
found. On the second visit, in
September 2016, similar products had been concealed but were
discovered through the use of sniffer dogs. The period between visits was relatively lengthy
due to the lack of available dogs, which were utilised nationwide.
Dogs would again be required if another
visit were to take place;
Public safety, nuisance and the protection of
children from harm (due to the “pocket money” prices of
tobacco on sale) were key concerns;
The possibility that illicit tobacco was being sold
had brought to the attention of Trading Standards through reports
from members of the public.
The Chair invited officers to
question Mrs Slack on her representation. No questions were asked.
Mrs Slack said that she had
copies of a letter 27 January 2017 that was sent to Mr Sadeq,
previous Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises
Supervisor, and Mr Sharma, current Premises Licence Holder and
Designated Premises Supervisor, which summarised a licensing check
visit to the premises that took place on 10 January 2017 and
offered assistance including an explanation of Trading Standards
law. She could also provide details of
an interview with Mr Sadeq held under caution. Ms L. Woodward, Lead Lawyer, advised the
Sub-Committee that should it wish to consider that evidence it
should do so in private session.
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 item of business as it involves the likely disclosure of
exempt information falling within paragraph 3 of schedule 12A to
the act relating to the business affairs of particular
considered the exempt information. A
copy of the letter is filed with these minutes.
That the Sub-Committee resume in public session.
The Chair invited Mrs Slack to
summarise the representation of Trading Standards. Mrs Slack said that Trading Standards had grave
concerns as although the Premises ...
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