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 2474095 after the hearing.
Election of the Chair
RESOLVED – Councillor C Townsley was elected Chair for the meeting
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 Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)
There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.
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.
Members noted that no members of the public attended the hearing. However, in accordance with Regulation 4 of The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, Members determined that should the public attend the hearing to observe, then they would be excluded from the meeting during consideration of those parts of the agenda designated as exempt 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 public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as follows:-
Item 6 Appendices A and D of the report on Wellington Stores – designated as exempt from publication under the provisions of Access to Information Procedure Rules 10.4 (1,2 and 7) and under Regulation 14 of the Licensing Act 2003 Hearing Regulations 2005. The appendices contain information relating to any individual and which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime. (minute 48 refers)
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)
No late items of business were added to the agenda.
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.
No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made.
Review of the Premises Licence for Wellington Stores, 27 Holdforth Place, New Wortley, Leeds, LS12 1YG. PDF 37 KB
To consider the report of the Head of Elections, Licensing and registration on application received for the Review of the Premises Licence following the issuing of a Closure Notice in respect of Wellington Stores, 27 Holdforth Place, New Wortley, Leeds, LS12 1YG. The application for the closure notice review of the Premises Licence has been made by West Yorkshire Police and Leeds ASB Team under Section 167 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Please note that Appendices A and D of the report are marked as exempt from publication under the provisions of Access to Information Procedure Rule 10.4 (1, 2 & 7)
The Head of Elections, Licensing and Registration submitted a report on an application for the Review of the Premise Licence held at the premises known as Wellington Stores, 27 Holdforth Plane, New Wortley, Leeds LS12 1YG.
A Closure Notice was issued by Leeds Magistrates Court on 21st July 2016 as a result of an application to the Courts by Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (ASBT) and West Yorkshire Police (WYP) due to concerns over incidents of anti-social behaviour and alleged crime and disorder associated with the premises. This had triggered the Review under Section 167 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Prior to the start of the hearing, the Legal Advisor to the Sub Committee reported that the Premise Licence Holder (PLH) - Mr M S Bahi - had notified the Licensing Authority that he would not attend the hearing. The Clerk attempted to contact Mr Bahi on the telephone number retained within the premises licence file, however that number was no longer available.
The Sub Committee was provided with assurances that Mr Bahi had been made aware of the date, time and venue of the hearing and resolved to proceed in his absence.
The Licensing Officer presented the report which included the licensing history of the premises and the background to the making of the application for the Review.
Mr S Holder, Principal Licensing Officer, represented the Licensing Authority (LA) at the hearing. He provided an overview of the process to be followed by the LA once a Closure Notice had been issued.
Ms C Sanderson attended the hearing to represent West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and highlighted the information provided on the meetings which had taken place with the PLH and relevant authorities. The Sub Committee were provided with more detail on the matters referred to in exempt appendices A and D.
Members noted that the premises would remain closed until October 2016 under the terms of the Magistrate’s Closure Notice.
The Sub Committee had regard to the options available for them to take in respect of the Review and carefully considered the information provided in the report and at the hearing. Members were concerned that matters had got to this point where a review application was necessary due to the strong concerns over the crime and disorder, public safety and public nuisance concerns associated with the style of operation of Wellington Stores. Members were further concerned over the impact of the operation of Wellington Stores on children in the locality.
The Sub Committee noted the attempts by WYP and Leeds ASBT to engage with the PLH, but felt that the operator did not take the matter seriously.
The Sub Committee felt that Wellington Stores provided a hub and meeting place for a particular group of young people and noted the criminal activity alleged to have taken place there. From the evidence, the Sub Committee felt it was clear that the PLH was not remotely interested in adhering to, or promoting, the 4 licensing objectives. Members also had regard to ... view the full minutes text for item 6.