Agenda and minutes
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Election of Chairman
It was moved by Councillor J Clarke, seconded by Councillor R Ashman and
Councillor M Specht take the chair for the remainder of the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence received.
Declaration of Interests
Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring disclosable interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is pecuniary or non-pecuniary.
No interests were declared.
PREMISES: Favourite Chicken and Pizza, 59 Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1AH
APPLICANT: Chief Officer of Police
To consider an objection notice to a Temporary Event Notice in respect of the above.
A representation has been received from the Chief Officer of Police in response to the Temporary Event Notice. A Notice of Hearing inviting them to attend has been sent to each of them. If they fail to attend, the hearing can be held in their absence or adjourned.
The following documents are attached: -
a) Report of the Licensing Enforcement Officer
At the beginning of the Hearing, the authority shall explain to the parties the procedure it is proposed to follow. The Hearing shall take the form of a discussion led by the authority and cross-examination shall not be permitted unless it is required to consider the representations.
The Chairman introduced the parties and outlined the procedure to be followed.
The Hearing Regulations 2005 stated that the Authority must allow parties an equal period of time in which to present their evidence. It was agreed that the maximum time limit for each presentation be 10 minutes.
The Licensing Enforcement Officer presented the report to members, highlighting the background information and the representations received.
There were no questions for the Licensing Enforcement Officer.
Sergeant C Gardner addressed the Sub Committee and presented the objections on behalf of Leicestershire Police. He referred to the number of breaches of licence conditions by the premises licence holder as detailed within the report. He explained that the breaches had occurred since the current premises licence holder had taken over the business in November and a meeting had been held with him to address the problems. A further meeting was scheduled in three months time to consider a proposed application to increase the premises opening hours. He also referred to the area being a hotspot for anti social behaviour once the licensed premises selling alcohol closed in the early hours of the morning.
Councillor J Clarke asked if there had been any incidents of disorder to date that was associated with the premises. Sergeant C Gardner responded that there had been incidents in the area but it was difficult to attribute it to particular premises. Mr N Nixon added that there was a particular incident in August that occurred outside the premises but the premises licence holder at the time was very helpful and it would be difficult to say that the premises was the cause.
Councillor R Ashman asked if the anti social behaviour mentioned was due to the consumption of alcohol more than the gathering of people outside food premises. Sergeant C Gardner responded that it was due to both. What did not help was that food premises tended to not address behaviour problems when they begin which then leads to further problems when they get out onto the streets.
Councillor M Specht asked if any other incidents had occurred earlier in the year and also if any of the Licensing Enforcement Officers were in the area during their inspections when any of the breaches occurred. Mr N Rixon stated that there were incidents earlier in the year but he felt it was unfair to link them to the current premises licence holder because he was not running the premises at the time. He also commented that he was not aware of the presence of Licensing Enforcement Officers during the time of the breaches. Sergeant C Gardner informed the Sub Committee that since the representation was made by Leicestershire Police there had been a further breach of licence conditions as the premises licence holder was still serving customers after 2.15am and there was no door staff until midnight.
In response to a question from Councillor R Ashman, Sergeant C Gardner confirmed that there was CCTV operating in the premises and this was ... view the full minutes text for item 4.