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 – That Councillor A Hutchison be elected as Chair for the hearing.
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.
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 were no exempt 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)
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.
No declarations were made.
To receive and consider the attached report regarding an application for the renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence for Whiskey Down, First & Second Floors, 25 Crown Street, Leeds LS2 7DA
The report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory presented an application for renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence for Whiskey Down, First & Second Floors, 25 Crown Street, Leeds, LS2 7DA
The Licensing Officer presented the application. The licence was to cover the first and second floors of the building and the hours of operation were from 22:00 to 04:00 on Sunday to Thursday and 22:00 to 05:00 on Friday and Saturday.
The applicant had not provided any examples of advertising materials and as such, should the licence be granted then only previously approved advertising materials could be used.
Although there had not been any representations made in response to the application, the Sub-Committee was legally required to determine the application.
The applicant’s representative addressed the Sub-Committee. The application was a renewal and the premises had been operating as a Sexual Entertainment Establishment for three years. The application had been renewed for the two previous years.
In response to questions from the Sub-Committee, the following was discussed:
· The club had an equal opportunities policy throughout which applied to employees. The club also catered for male and female employees.
· The club had been originally described as a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ following previous advice from the Licensing Sub-Committee and not at the request of the applicant.
· The applicant was willing to amend policy documents to refer to ‘performers’ as opposed to ‘girls’. Also with respect to customers, amendments would be made to refer to ‘they’ rather than ‘he’.
· With regards to details outlined in the staff conduct documents, it was not known why there was information relating to staff fines. The applicant was willing to remove information relating to fining of staff.
· Details of training for bar staff and performing staff were explained.
· Advertising on Twitter was restricted to adults and conformed to social media standards. Any advertising material on social media had to be searched for.
· Advertising would duplicate what had been agreed in the previous year.
· The premises were currently closed. The applicant was considering a change of operation style to a burlesque lounge.
Following an adjournment and further questions from the Sub-Committee, the applicant’s representative confirmed that they would be happy to review social media content so that it was more in keeping with any printed advertising material. The clubs policy documents would also be revised to remove any references to fining of staff and be more gender neutral in reference to both customers and staff. The training documents would also be reviewed and be more detailed.
The Licensing Sub-Committee carefully considered the application, the report and the representations made at the hearing.
RESOLVED – That the application for renewal be granted as applied for.