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Declarations of interest
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An application for a review of a Premises Licence in respect of Banjul, 30 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3JW, had been received from West Midlands Police.
The Chair led round-table introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed. All parties confirmed that they understood the procedure.
Elizabeth Gregg, Senior Licensing & Compliance Officer, provided an outline of the application. She reported that since the agenda had been published, Kerry Robinson had withdrawn her consent as Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).
West Midlands Police confirmed that the summary was accurate.
The Chair invited West Midlands Police to present their application.
Sgt Steph Reynolds explained that prior to the Hearing, West Midlands Police and Mr Heath Thomas, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, had attempted to mediate and reach an agreement on the matter. She stated that Mr Thomas wanted to continue mediating and resolve the matter between them themselves, but West Midlands Police wanted to go ahead with the Review Hearing.
Under Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public were excluded from the meeting at 10:30am.
Sgt Reynolds enquired whether Kerry Robinson should withdraw from the Hearing as she was no longer the DPS. Richard Phillips, Solicitor and legal advisor to the Sub-Committee, gave advice on the matter and all parties agreed they were happy for Ms Robinson to stay.
Sgt Steph Reynolds stated the grounds for review as per Appendix 2 of the report and exempt supplementary police evidence pack. During her submission CCTV video footage was presented and she outlined the mediation that had taken place between West Midlands Police and Mr Thomas. She explained that despite mediating with Mr Thomas, West Midlands Police had concerns with his proposals.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to question the Review applicant in relation to its submission.
Following questions from the Chair, Mr Thomas requested an adjournment to allow for further mediation between himself and West Midlands Police.
All parties agreed to the request.
The Sub-Committee adjourned at 11.23 hours.
The Hearing reconvened at 12.26 hours.
The Chair afforded all parties present the opportunity to continue questioning the Review applicant in relation to its submission.
Sgt Steph Reynolds provided responses to questions asked and stated that West Midlands Police requested revocation of the licence as they had failed to reach an agreement with Mr Thomas.
The Sub-Committee adjourned at 12.45 hours.
The Hearing reconvened at 13.22 hours.
The Chair invited the Premises Licence Holder to make representations.
Heath Thomas, Solicitor representing the Premises Licence Holder, made
representations. During his submission the CCTV footage was presented again, and he requested that the Sub-Committee considered the following actions as an alternative to revocation of the licence:
1. A temporary suspension of the licence until new management were put place;
2. The current management would play no part in the operation of the premises going forward;
3. Amendment of the licence conditions as agreed with the police; and
4. To add a further ... view the full minutes text for item 3.