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.
Election of the Chair
To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.
RESOLVED – To elect Councillor Flynn to the Chair for the duration of 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 and Scrutiny Support at least 24 hours before the meeting)
There were no appeals against refusal.
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.
There was no exempt information.
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)
There were no late items.
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.
There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests. Although Councillor Wilkinson did not declare an interest, he informed the Sub-Committee that he had previously sat on the hearing held 20th November 2018. It was confirmed that Cllr Wilkinson had read the agenda pack before the revised copy was sent out, but would treat the application with an open mind. The Members all confirmed they had considered the 60 page Agenda Pack only.
The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requests Members consideration for an application to vary a premises license, made by Miss Anna Strychaz, for Krakus 54 Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds, LS8 5LE.
Further to minute 6, from the meeting held on 20th November, the report of the Chief Officer, Election and Regulatory presented an application for the variation of a premises license for Krakus 54 Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds, LS8 5LE.
The Sub-Committee were informed that the applicant nor a representative acting on behalf of Krakus, were present at the hearing. The parties were asked whether they wished for the application to proceed in the applicants’ absence; they all confirmed that they wished for the meeting to proceed. After consideration, Members agreed that on the basis the applicant has had proper notice of the hearing and has had two opportunities to attend the hearing, they were happy for the application to proceed.
Those in attendance:
Councillor S Arif – Ward Councillor
PC Andy Clifford - West Yorkshire Police (WYP)
Sgt Martin Mynard - WYP
Robert Stirk - Entertainment Licensing
B Cockerham – Member of the public
I Cockerham – Member of the public
Andy Birkbeck, Localities Programme Manager (Observing)
Councillor Hussain (Observing in support of Cllr Arif)
Councillor Maqsood (Observing in support of Cllr Arif)
The Licensing Officer informed Members that this application sought the grant of a license to vary the opening hours and licensable activities to 24 hours every day.
Members heard that the application was before them as representations had been received from West Yorkshire Police and the Licensing Authority in their capacity as responsible authorities. The application had also received representations from members of the public, the East Leeds MP and the Ward Councillor representing Gipton and Harehills Ward and in addition, a Councillor from the Moortown and Meanwood Ward, on the grounds of crime and disorder and public nuisance.
Councillor Arif attended the hearing on behalf of local residents and informed Members that the locality has become saturated with off-licensed premises and shops, situated near schools and places of worship; residents have experienced alcohol related abuse and the frequent litter, often including broken glass, around the premises, people’s homes and areas children play. Members heard that under the councils new Statement of Licensing Policy, the location the premises is situated in Harehills is now subject to a Cumulative Impact Assessment
WYP informed Members of the following points:
· There are issues associated with the premises, including an increase with noise nuisance (arguing), groups gathering, Anti-social behaviour, littering peacocking, loitering, urinating in the street; noise levels tend to decrease when shops close at 11pm. The issues at Krakus mirror problems in the area.
· The operators were not responding to the issues already occurring and do not do anything to resolve issues which carry on outside of the premises; the license holder has shown no attempt to liaise with WYP to resolve issues. The committee were reminded that there is a condition on the premises licence that the operator must cooperate with the police.
· There is speculation that there is an under-reporting of incidents in the locality due to a variety of reasons, one being that residents feel the on-going ... view the full minutes text for item 6.