Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 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- That Councillor A Garthwaite be elected as Chair for 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.

 

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:

RESOLVED – That, in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, Members agreed to exclude parties from part of the meeting during consideration of item 6 – Summary Review of the Premises License in respect of Norman Bar, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT, designated as exempt from publication in accordance with paragraphs 10.4(1) and (2) of Schedule 12A(3) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that the footage brought forward by West Yorkshire Police is likely to reveal the identity of individuals, and as such, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this time (Minute 6 refers).

 

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 formal late items, however some additional information in relation to item 6 was distributed to Members at the outset of the hearing (Minute 6 refers).

 

5.

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.

 

6.

Summary Review of the Premises Licence for Norman, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) including an application for a summary review, made by West Yorkshire Police for Norman, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT.

 

(Report attached)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory informed Members of an application for a Summary Review in respect of Norman Bar, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT. West Yorkshire Police (WYP) had made the application on the grounds of serious crime and disorder.

 

Supplementary information had been circulated to Members prior to the hearing, including a witness statement and a notice of intention, both submitted on behalf of WYP.

 

The report sets out the relevant procedure, considerations and guidance for the Summary Review.

 

The Licensing Sub Committee agreed to view video evidence submitted by WYP, and previously watched at the meeting held on 28th March 2019. It was decided for the footage to be viewed in the absence of the parties and public.

 

The following were in attendance for this item:

o  PC Arkle, WYP – For the Applicant

o  Sgt Maynard, WYP – Observing

o  Paddy Whur – Acting on behalf of Norman Bar

o  Scott Wellings – Representing of the business owners

o  Leona Taylor – Premises Manager

o  Richard Beecham – Yorkshire Evening Post

o  Rhys Thomas – Leeds Live

 

Prior to the Interim Steps, the Sub-Committee considered the applicant’s representations against the Summary Review.

 

PC Arkle outlined the reasons for the Summary Review of the Premises Licence. These included:

·  An investigation is still on-going for an incident which had occurred on the 24th March and further arrests were expected - the premises had cooperated with the investigation.

·   A meeting alluded from the interim steps on 3rd April, with the owner’s representative and solicitor, to put forward conditions for consideration, in order to alleviate concerns with the licensing objectives.

·  4 incidents had been related to knife crime and it was suspected that the victims and perpetrators had felt comfortable in Norman opposed to other bars in the city.

 

In relation to the conditions suggested by WYP and as set out in the supplementary pack, PC Arkle highlighted that:

·  Identification system – enabled the storage of identification, making it accessible to cross reference, should an incident occur in the future. The clients were agreeable to the installation of an ID scanner.

·  Polycarbonate vessels – there had been an element of polycarbonate used in the venue, and it was agreed for glass to remain in the VIP areas for champagne only.

·  Door supervisors & chest cameras – a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 supervisors to be employed. It was further suggested that chest cameras operate at all times on duty. Members were informed the cameras would also record audio.

 

PC Arkle referenced an upcoming application scheduled to be heard by a Licensing Sub Committee, relating to the transfer of the Designated Premise Supervisor (DPS) and expressed uncertainty as to whether the agreed conditions, would be suitable assisting the DPS, due to inexperience.

 

In response, Paddy Whur, acting on behalf of Norman Bar, addressed the Licensing Sub Committee and highlighted the following:

·  This was the first time representing the clients and a considerable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.