Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Governance Services  Copies of the full report with appendices are available on request from the clerk. For details of the new premises licence please contact Entertainment Licensing on 0113 378 5029 after the hearing.

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of the Chair

To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: To elect Councillor Hutchison as Chair for the duration of the meeting.

 

 

2.

Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)

 

(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance and Scrutiny Support at least 24 hours before the meeting)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.

 

 

3.

Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

 

1)  To highlight reports or appendices which:

 

a)  officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.

 

b)  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.

 

c)  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

 

  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of those parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information

 

2)  To note that under the Licensing Procedure rules, the press and the public will be excluded from that part of the hearing where Members will deliberate on each application as it is in the public interest to allow the Members to have a full and frank debate on the matter before them.

Minutes:

There were no exempt items.

 

 

4.

Late Items

To identify any applications as late items of business which have been admitted to the agenda for consideration

 

 (the special circumstances shall be identified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items.

 

 

5.

Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.

Minutes:

No declarations of interests were made at the meeting.

 

 

6.

Certification of Film – ‘A Door to the Sky’ by Hyde Park Picture House pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) regarding an application for the certification of the film ‘A Door to the Sky’ to be screened at the Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JT. The screening is scheduled to take place on the 28th November 2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advised the committee of an application for the certification of a film, ‘Door to the Sky’, to be screened at the Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9J on 28th November 2022.

 

Mr Robb Barham, Operations and Programmes Manager of Hyde Park Picture House, was in attendance.

 

A copy of the current BBFC Classification Guidelines was made available to Members, as well as access to the film ahead of the hearing.

 

The legal officer outlined the procedure.

 

Mr Barham supplied the context of the application to the Licensing Sub Committee and explained the film is a part of a programme of women’s films from the Global South.

 

The Licensing Sub Committee had no further questions for the applicant.

 

RESOLVED: That the film ‘Door to the Sky’ be certified as a 12A.

 

 

7.

Application to Vary a Premises Licence of Crispy Fish And Pizza Ltd pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider an application to vary a premises licence, made by Mr Khalid Mohammad Hassan, for Crispy Fish And Pizza Ltd, 12 Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2AS.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory regarding the application to vary the premises licence held by Crispy Fish and Pizza Ltd, at 12 Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2AS.

 

In attendance were;

• Mr Nazar Sadiq, applicant’s representative

• Mr David Spereall, journalist

 

The legal officer outlined the procedure.

 

Entertainment Licensing set out the application, which was to extend Late Night Refreshment by one additional hour, Monday to Saturday, terminating at 5am.

 

The premises currently has the benefit of a premises licence for the activity of late-night refreshment between the hours of 23:00 and 04:00 Monday to Saturday and 23:00 until 02:00 on Sunday.

 

Ahead of the hearing West Yorkshire Police had made a representation opposing the application. However, this was withdrawn after an agreement was reached with the applicant and measures were incorporated into the operating schedule. In addition to this, four written representations on behalf of other persons had been received.

 

The Committee clarified the current opening hours of the premises with Mr Sadiq, and the business plans of the applicant.

 

Mr Sadiq outlined the two main reasons why the premises would like to extend their hours:

 

1. Closing at 4am causes their customers to become aggressive; and

2. Opening later would increase sales.

 

The impact of the proposed opening hours on anti-social behaviour was discussed. Mr Sadiq outlined the applicant’s view that disorder could occur at any time during the current opening hours, therefore that risk would not be increased with an extra hour opening time. Sub-Committee members put several questions to Mr Sadiq regarding issues raised in the written representations, including antisocial behaviour, littering and noise levels.

 

In response Mr Sadiq told the Sub-Committee that the applicant did not feel that an extra hour of opening would negatively affect neighbouring residents as these issues would also happen during current opening times.

 

The other reason the applicant wished to extend the business hours was to generate more income due to increased costs for the business.

 

Mr Sadiq told the hearing that the premises had collected between 50 and 100 signatures on a petition to extend the opening hours. The Sub-Committee advised Mr Sadiq that this could not be taken into consideration, as it had not been submitted to the Licensing Authority within the statutory notice period.

 

The Committee asked Mr Sadiq about the environmental impact of the business on the area, and how the applicant intended to mitigate this. Mr Sadiq explained the applicant’s view that the cleanliness of the street was not their responsibility, however if a bin was required it can be provided.

 

Members considered all the information contained within the agenda pack and presented to them during the meeting. Their discussions included:

• The impact of an extra hour on anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance; and

• The impact on the environment from litter as a result of the business.

 

The Sub Committee deliberated in private and in reaching its decision, considered the report of the Head  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.