Agenda and 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 Roberts moved that Councillor Patmore should take the Chair. This was seconded by Councillor Edwards.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Councillor Patmore be appointed as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies for absence
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a true record.
Declarations of Interest
Notification of Additional Urgent Items
- Appendix A. Application Pack. Application for Premises Licence. 20 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea , item 12. PDF 998 KB
- Appendix B. Police Objection and Trading Standards report. Application for Premises Licence. 20 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea , item 12. PDF 159 KB
- Appendix C. Location Map. Application for Premises Licence. 20 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea , item 12. PDF 190 KB
Members of the Committee, Officers and the applicant introduced themselves. Councillor Patmore 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 on 26th February 2018 for a premises licence for 20 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea.
The premises does not hold a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 and currently operates as a convenience store.
The application requests the following hours:
· To have supply of alcohol for “Off” sales on Monday to Sunday from 09.00hrs to 20.00hrs.
· To have opening hours of the premises, Monday to Sunday from 07.00hrs to 23.00hrs.
Cathie Wolfe, Police Licensing Officer, made the police submission on the grounds of the ‘Prevention of Crime and Disorder’. She said their objection was based on two factors: 1st the applicants past criminal history (see representation letter dated 22.03.18 appended to the agenda) and 2nd their visit to the premises on 14.03.18. The purpose of the visit by Sussex Police Licensing Team was to discuss the application with Reverend Adelasoye and to check that no alcohol was stored/displayed at the premises. She confirmed there was no alcohol present. Her colleague asked to see the accommodation upstairs and asked Reverend Adelasoye whether anyone was living there. She said Reverend Adelasoye replied ‘No’. The application form states there will be no sale of alcohol; drunkenness on the premises and no sale of illegal drugs. These factors are against the law and cannot be placed on a licence as a condition. She said Sussex Police were not satisfied the application will promote the licensing objectives under the Act and in particular as this premise is in a Cumulative Impact Zone.
In his submission, Reverend Adelasoye said he was asked if he knew if anyone was living upstairs, he said that at the time he had replied ‘Not that I know of’. He told the committee that he believed he took the lease with vacant possession. He said it was his intention to work with the Authorities and welcomed their visit. When the premises was initially sold to him he said he could not enter the flat as the person who had the key was in Romania. When he gained entry he found 6 people in the building who were not supposed to be there. He told them they had to leave because he and the landlord needed to re-wire the property. Subsequently, the man the Police found on their visit on 14.03.18 resided at no 2 not 3. He said he did not know he was there.
Mr Brown asked what steps Reverend Adelasoye had taken to read the Council’s Licensing Policy. Reverend Adelasoye said he had taken a training course in Licensing and passed it. Mr Brown asked why he did not mention this in his application for a premises licence. Reverend Adelasoye said he went to the Council to ... view the full minutes text for item 12.
Additional urgent items (if any)