Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: G4, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

Contact: Kieran Pantry-Melsom
020 8726 6000 x63922  Email: kieran.pantry-melsom@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

21/19

Appointment of Chair

To appoint a Chair for the duration of the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Karen Jewitt nominated Councillor Chris Clark.

Councillor Margaret Bird seconded the motion.

 

The Sub-Committee RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Clark as Chair of the Sub-Committee.

 

22/19

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

 

23/19

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

24/19

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

 

Minutes:

The following motion was moved by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Jewitt to exclude the press and public:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

 

The motion was put and it was agreed by the Committee to exclude the press and public for the remainder of the meeting.

 

25/19

Licensing Act 2003: Application for Personal Licence

Minutes:

The Applicant was not present at the commencement of the item however the Sub-Committee were satisfied that the Applicant had been notified by letter and by email of the date, time and location of the hearing and no correspondence/contact had been received to indicate that attendance would not be possible. The Sub-Committee therefore commenced consideration of the Item. The Applicant arrived at 16h35 and the Chair summarised the proceedings which had taken place until that point in time for the benefit of the Applicant and requested that the Police repeat their verbal representations for the Applicant’s benefit. The Applicant confirmed that they had received the police objection notice.

 

The Licensing Sub-Committee considered the Application for a Personal Licence and the objection notice received from the police as contained in the report of the Executive Director ‘Place’.

 

The Sub-Committee also considered the verbal representations from the police and the applicant.

 

The Sub-Committee, having reference to the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, the Statutory guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 and the Council Licensing Policy  RESOLVED to REFUSE the application for a personal license for the following reasons:

 

·         The provisions of section 120(7)(b) of the Licensing Act 2003 provide that having regard to the objection notice by the police, the authority must reject the application if it considers it necessary for the promotion of the crime prevention objective to do so;

·         The conviction in question is never regarded as being spent and was for serious fraud related offences of conspiracy to defraud and conspire to steal and the committee was not satisfied that it would promote the crime prevention objective to grant the license in the current circumstances;

·         Whilst the committee was sympathetic to the applicant’s desire to move on and noted the other business interests that the applicant is involved in and the changed personal circumstances, the primary concern for the Committee in relation to whether to grant or refuse a personal license in these circumstances is whether or not rejecting this application would be necessary for the promotion of the crime prevention objective to do so and in the circumstances considered that it was necessary.

·         Having regard to the provisions of paragraph 4.24 of the Statutory Guidance which provides as follows: “A number of relevant offences never become spent. However, where an applicant is able to demonstrate that the offence in question took place so long ago and that the applicant no longer has a propensity to re-offend, a licensing authority may consider that it is appropriate to grant the application on the basis that doing so would not undermine the crime prevention objective,” the committee was not satisfied that the crime prevention objective would not be undermined or that given the nature of the offences, that they occurred so long ago that there was no longer a propensity to re-offend.

 

In relation to the receipt of the police objections beyond the 14 days and implications as set out in Appendix A  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25/19