Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 1st 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 Gibson 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 Films – Farewell Mister Haffmann and Perfect Strangers pdf icon PDF 111 KB

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advises the Licensing Sub Committee of an application for the certification of two films titled, ‘Farewell Mister Haffman’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’. The screenings are scheduled to take place on the 13th and 22nd November 2022, at Everyman Cinema, 412 Trinity Leeds Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AY.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advised the Licensing Sub Committee of an application for the certification of two films titled, ‘Farewell Mister Haffman’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’. The certification had been requested on behalf of UK Jewish Film. The screenings are scheduled to take place on the 13th and 22nd November 2022, at Everyman Cinema, 412 Trinity Leeds Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AY.

 

The exhibitor was unable to provide advance screeners for each film. A copy of the current BBFC Classification Guidelines was made available to Members.

 

In instances where films are unavailable to view, Members are advised to certify them 18 rating, subject to a written declaration from the applicant confirming that each film does not contain any content which would more likely than not, render the film liable to be classified as R18 if considered in accordance with the BBFC Classification Guidelines. Information on this element was detailed at 3.2 of the report.

 

A document providing details on each film and screening, including the synopses, was appended to the report at Appendix B.

 

RESOLVED – To award the certification of 18 rating for each film.

 

7.

Certification of a Film – Leeds International Film 2022 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advises the Licensing Sub Committee Members of an application for the certification of a number of films to be shown as part of Leeds International Film Festival 2022. The screenings are scheduled to take place between 3rd and 17th November 2022 at Vue Cinema in the Light Cinema, Everyman Cinema, Howard Assembly Room, Cottage Road Cinema, School of Arts Cinema at Leeds Beckett University and one special event at Jumbo Records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advised the Licensing Sub Committee Members of an application for the certification of a number of films to be shown as part of Leeds International Film Festival 2022. The screenings are scheduled to take place between 3rd and 17th November 2022 at Vue Cinema in the Light Cinema, Everyman Cinema, Howard Assembly Room, Cottage Road Cinema, School of Arts Cinema at Leeds Beckett University and one special event at Jumbo Records.

 

In attendance at the meeting were:

·  Chris Fell – on behalf of Leeds International Film Festival

·  Alex King – on behalf of Leeds International Film Festival

 

Of the films requiring certification the applicant had supplied links to view 5 films only, requesting classifications ranging from 12A to 15. The title of each film, including synopses and recommended ratings, was provided to the Licensing Sub Committee at Paragraph 3.5 of the submitted report.

 

Following legal advice, Members were recommended to certify the films they cannot view as category 18 ratings and further information on this matter was detailed at 3.2 of the report. A document listing the films without the availability to view them was attached to the submitted report at Appendix A.

 

To assist members with their deliberation officers of the Licensing Authority had viewed each available film and provided comments in accordance with BBFC guidelines as a supplementary item.

 

Members were informed that this would be the 36th Leeds International Film Festival and would be screening 110 films at various locations around the city. The majority of the films would be rated 18, however there were 5 films which required Member’s consideration for a lower rating. The festival wished to show a special season of African films aimed at younger audiences.

 

Responding to questions the Licensing Sub Committee were informed that during Covid the festival had been held in a hybrid format and it was intended that the streaming of some films would continue. The festival was under budget pressures and not able to use two venues (Hyde Park Cinema and the Town Hall), due to them being refurbished. Members were advised that to view the hybrid films a user has to confirm they are 18+ by entering their date of birth when creating an account on the website.

 

Members noted that the festival would still be offering discounts to the film for those under 26 years of age.

 

Members welcomed the Leeds International Film Festival back to the city and wished them success.

 

RESOLVED – To certify the films to be screened as follows:

Above Water – rating 12A

Fig Tree – rating 15

Rookies – rating 15

The Star Wars Kid – rating 12A

Youth – rating 12A

 

Rating 18 to be given to the follow:

A Piece of Sky

Aftersun

Alcarràs

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

America

Anime Supremacy!

Art and Neurodiversity with Project Art Works

Baby Pyramid

Better Mus' Come

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Blue Jean

Bones & All

Brief Encounters

British Short Film Competition  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence for Leeds Culture Trust, Headingley Rugby Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR pdf icon PDF 109 KB

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requests Member’s consideration on an application for the grant of a premises licence made by Leeds Culture Trust, for Headingley Rugby Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR. The application is made for a time-limited licence to host the opening event as part of the Leeds 2023 Year of Culture Programme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory advised Members of an application made under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") for a new premises licence in respect of an application for the grant of a premises licence for Leeds Culture Trust, Headingley Rugby Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR

 

In attendance at the meeting were:

·  Matthew Phipps – Applicants Representative

·  Thomas Reilly – Director of Production

·  Hector Macpherson Brown – Event Manager and DPS

·  Chris Ansell – Head of Creative Learning and Engagement

 

The Licensing Officer presented the application, providing the following information:

  • Headingley Stadium has the benefit of a number of premises licences which are in situ to cover live events, specific stands, terraces and pavilions within the stadium.
  • This application related to the premises known as the rugby stadium and included the rugby pitch and all four stands which sit within the rugby stadia at Headingley Stadium. A charity called Leeds Culture Trust, who wishes to use the Stadium for a one day event, are celebrating all the cultural aspects that make Leeds a brilliant city. Leeds Culture Trust sought a licence for single use to facilitate the delivery of the event.
  • The main activity would be taking place on a specially commissioned stage, mounted on the Western Terrace of the Stadium. Audiences would be seated in the North, South and East stands, as well as standing on the pitch.
  • The application was for a time limited operating schedule of 10 days between the 5th and 16th January 2023, to be used on one day only on either a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the schedule. This is a contingency measure in the instance that the event is required to be moved at short notice due to external factors, i.e. adverse weather conditions.
  • The proposed designated premises supervisor is Hector Macpherson Brown.
  • The application is for:
    • Sale of alcohol, performance of a play, exhibition of a film, live music, recorded music, performance of dance and entertainment of a similar description to these activities.
    • Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday – 15:00 until 21:00
  • The applicant’s intention is to deliver the event in the afternoon/early evening, on Saturday 7th January 2023. It is envisaged that the main show of the event would last no more than 120 minutes. A redacted version of the application had been appended to the submitted report at Appendix A.
  • The applicant proposed to promote the licensing objectives by taking the steps identified in both section M of the application form and the completed pro-forma risk assessment attached at Appendix B of the report.
  • A map identifying the location of the premises was attached to the report at Appendix C.
  • There had been no representations from the responsible authorities. However, the application had attracted a representation from a member of the public opposed to the application on the grounds of public nuisance. A redacted copy of the representation was attached at Appendix D of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Application for the grant of a premises licence for 152 Town Street, Leeds, LS12 3RF pdf icon PDF 125 KB

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requests Member’s consideration on an application for the grant of a premises licence made by Joanne Salieh Ibrahim, for 152 Town Street, Armley, Leeds, LS12 3RF.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requested the consideration of Members for an application for the grant of a premises licence made by Joanne Salieh Ibrahim, for 152 Town Street, Armley, Leeds, LS12 3RF.

 

In attendance for the meeting were:

·  Joanne Salieh Ibrahim – Applicant

·  Shoki Ali Omar – Designated Premises Supervisor

·  Nick Semper – Applicant’s Representative

·  Councillor Louisa Cunningham – Objector

·  Ibrar Khan – Objector

·  Nigel Harris – Objector

·  Amjid Razak – Objector

·  Adal Razak – Objector

·  William Cann – Observer

·  Phillip Clark - Observer

 

The Legal Officer outlined the procedure for the meeting.

 

The Licensing Officer presented the application providing the following information:

  • The applicant’s name was Joanne Salieh Ibrahim.
  • The proposed designated premises supervisor was Shoki Ali Omar.
  • The application was for Sale of Alcohol, Monday to Sunday, 07:00 – 23:00 (for consumption off the premises). A redacted version of the application had been appended to the report at Appendix A. The applicant proposed to promote the licensing objectives by taking the steps identified in Section 18 of the application.
  • A map identifying the location of the premises was attached at Appendix B of the submitted report.
  • Representations had been received from West Yorkshire Police in their capacity as a responsible authority. Members were advised that representations can be negotiated prior to the hearing and in this instance the operating schedule had been amended to include the measures agreed with West Yorkshire Police. A copy of the representation and agreement was attached to the submitted report at Appendix C.
  • The application had also attracted representations from other persons, including a representation from a Local Ward Councillor, 6 representations from members of the public and a petition containing thirty-five signatures, all of which oppose the application on the grounds of public nuisance and crime and disorder. Redacted copies of the representations were attached at Appendix D.
  • A list of premises in the local area and their licensed hours and activities was provided at Appendix E of the report.

 

Mr Semper addressed the Licensing Sub Committee providing the following information:

  • This is a small convenience store selling eastern and middle eastern foods.
  • The applicant and her family live in Wakefield and currently have a business in Bradford which sells alcohol. It was noted that the business in Bradford had no issues. The applicant wishes to run this store as an off licence in Armley as it would be closer to their home in Wakefield and would assist with the children being dropped off and picked up from school. The store would be run by the applicant with her husband as the proposed DPS.
  • It was noted that West Yorkshire Police had sent in a representation but with negotiation, the representation had been withdrawn. No other representations had been received from other responsible authorities.
  • Mr Semper advised the Members that he had used the Leeds Observatory to gain evidence that the crime and anti-social behaviour in the area of the store was low and provided the statistics  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.