Agenda and draft minutes
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Appointment of Chair for this meeting
In accordance with the terms of reference of the Licensing Committee, the Chief Legal Officer invited nominations for the appointment of Chair for the duration of the meeting. Councillor Sinden moved that Councillor Street should take the Chair. This was seconded by Councillor Patmore.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Councillor Street be appointed as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Notification of additional urgent items
- Enc1 for Transfer of premises licence with police objection , item 5. PDF 515 KB
- Enc2 for Transfer of premises licence with police objection , item 5. PDF 549 KB
- Enc. 3 for Transfer of premoises licence with police objection , item 5. PDF 230 KB
- Supplmentary documents received from Sussex Police (27.06.17) , item 5. PDF 2 MB
Councillor Street set out the procedure that the Sub-Committee would adopt (in accordance with Standard Practice).
Members of the Committee, Officers and the applicant introduced themselves. Councillor Street set out the procedure that the Sub-Committee would adopt (in accordance with Standard Practice).
The Licensing Manager, Mr Brown, presented the report of the Assistant Director of Environment and Place in respect of an application made to Hastings Borough Council on 16 May 2017 under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the transfer of premises licence at The Royal George, 32 Station Street, Hastings, as a result of representations received.
The premises were opened as the Royal George on 16 March 2017. The transfer at that time to Mr Nigel Lewis was challenged by Sussex Police on Crime Prevention Grounds. The sub-committee upheld the objection and the transfer was refused and the licence reverted back to the existing holder at the time (Priory Sussex Ltd). On 25 April 2017, Priory Sussex Ltd again transferred the licence, on this occasion to Hayley Heritage, she was also named as the designated premises supervisor, this application was not challenged. On 16th May 2017 Hayley Heritage requested the transfer of the licence to Mr Ian Tribe. Mr Tribe is also the designated premises supervisor and holds a personal licence from Hastings Borough Council.
The application to transfer the premises licence had been brought to the committee in respect of an objection from Sussex Police in relation to activities at the premises since Mr Tribe’s transfer. Sussex Police were satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances in the case and that the granting of the transfer would undermine the crime prevention objective. Their letter of objection was appended to the agenda under Appendix C of the report.
Their letter also noted a supplementary appendix which was sent to all parties after agenda publication, prior to the committee meeting. The supplementary appendix contained the following listed documents:- a formal police objection to the application for transfer of the premises licence to Mr Lewis which was upheld by the committee; complaints from local residents and members of the public regarding disorderly behaviour at or associated with the premises; and Mr Lewis’s alleged attempt to circumvent the decision of the Licensing Sub Committee in the opinion of the police. Members of the committee and Mr Tribe confirmed they had received the supplementary information.
Mr Brown explained that the premises were not currently trading and that Mr Tribe had withdrawn his consent as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). He advised that if the application was refused, the premises licence will revert back to the previous Licence Holder, Hayley Heritage.
Mr Masters, Sussex Police Licensing Officer, explained that the landlords were Priory Sussex Ltd. and that Mr Lewis became the tenant on 10March 2017. Mr Tribe was the Licence Holder and DPS.
Mr Masters referred to their statements in the supplementary agenda. He spoke about his visit to the Royal George on 22 May 2017 to meet with ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Additional urgent items (if any)