Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 9th November, 2021 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 Hutchison be elected 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 the 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 formal late items. However, some supplementary information in the form of a witness statement was circulated to members prior to the meeting. The information related to Agenda Item 7 – Application to vary a premises licence held by my Ts Leeds Limited 90 Burley Road, Burley, Leeds, LS3 1JP.

 

5.

Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.

Minutes:

There were no interests raised at the meeting.

 

6.

Certification of Films – Leeds Palestinian Film Festival 2021 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To receive the submitted report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory which advises the Licensing Sub-Committee of an application for the certification of seven films in respect of the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival. All screenings are scheduled to take place between 20th November 2021 and 3rdDecember 2021, at HEART, Seven Artspace, Woodhouse Community Centre, Wheeler Hall, The Pyramid Theatre and Otley Courthouse.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory submitted a report advising Sub-Committee Members of an application for the certification for numerous films in respect of the Leeds Palestinian Festival 2021.

 

All screenings are scheduled to take place between 20th November 2021 and 3rd December 2021, at HEART, Seven Artspace, Woodhouse Community Centre, Wheeler Hall, the Pyramid Theatre and Otley Courthouse.

 

The application was for a total of seven films requesting certification. A list detailing the title, synopsis and the applicants suggested rating for the films was set out in paragraph 3.3 of the submitted report. The application sought classification of films as follows:

·  Little Palestine (15)

·  Not Just Your Picture (15)

·  The Present (15)

·  My Neighbourhood (15)

·  Objector (18)

·  Between Heaven and Earth (18)

·  Gaza (18)

 

It was noted that members were only able to view four of the films and were recommended to certify the films they cannot view as category 18 films. Tricia Griffin (for the Applicant) was in attendance and explained there were technical issues with film distributors providing content for three of the films and confirmed there isn’t anything different with them.

 

In responding to questions from Sub-Committee Members, Ms Griffin confirmed the following information:

·  There will be 2 people marshalling the entrance and checking tickets. It was confirmed that capacity per screening has been reduced to 60% and staff will inform customers of Covid restrictions such as the use of masks.

·  The average age attending screenings varied depending on location – Headingley and Hyde Park attracted university students, whereas Chapel Allerton attracted middle aged people.

·  Although it was the opinion of Ms Griffin that all the films were considered a 15-age rating, under the circumstances already outlined, the applicant accepted that 3 of the films were recommended to be certified an 18.

·  The Deputy West Yorkshire Mayor will be opening the Festival and the applicant felt that the Local Authority has supported the Festival.

 

The Sub-Committee wished the applicant luck with the festival and were pleased with being able to hold a Palestinian Film Festival this year.

 

RESOLVED - The Sub-Committee unanimously resolved to approve the age certification of each film as sought by the applicant.

 

7.

Application to vary a premises licence held by Mr Ts Leeds Limited 90 Burley Road, Burley, Leeds, LS3 1JP pdf icon PDF 350 KB

To receive the submitted report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory which advises the Licensing Sub-Committee Members of an application made under section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") to vary a premises licence in respect of Mr T’s Leeds Limited 90 Burley Road, Burley, Leeds, LS3 1JP.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requested the Licensing Sub-Committee’s consideration of an application to vary a premises licence, made by Mr T’s Leeds Limited, for Mr T’s Leeds Limited 90 Burley Road, Burley, LS3 1JP.

 

In summary, the application sought a variation to the current activities on the licence as follows:

o  Performance of recorded music, Everyday 11:00 – 03:30

o  Late night refreshment, Everyday 23:00 – 03:30

It was noted that following an agreement being reached with the Environmental Health, part of the application to vary hours for performance of recorded music was removed. Therefore, the applicant only seeks a variation to the hours for the provision of late night refreshment.

 

The application attracted representations from responsible authorities, Environmental Health and West Yorkshire Police. Agreements were reached with the applicant and both responsible authorities, and copies of those agreements can be found at Appendix D and E of the submitted report.

 

The application also attracted one individual letter of objection from a member of the public on the grounds of public nuisance.

 

Rashid Moghul (363 Architecture) attended on behalf of the applicant and addressed the Sub-Committee. The representative explained that Burley Road is busy and has many food outlets along the road. Mr T’s Limited have proactively encouraged additional bin collections and street cleansing to ensure litter from the premises is removed from surrounding areas. Mr T’s Limited has had meetings with residents’ groups and ward members regarding litter and have been working with them on mechanisms to target problematic areas.

 

The representative confirmed that the playing of recorded music will generally be cut off by 11 pm, and there is a different clientele throughout the day with patrons typically eating either inside the premises or taking the food back to their property. The representative explained that there isn’t usually any noise or issues with litter in the morning, and during the day the applicant will work to address residents’ issues. The representative welcomed any additional measures from the Sub-Committee and explained Mr T’s Limited is seeking to capture the early morning market.

 

In response to questions from Sub-Committee Members, the representative confirmed that the application to vary the hours for recorded music has been removed and will be switched off at 1 am and although the supplementary information states that recorded music will be switched off at 23:00, the 1 am closing time provided the applicant with some lenience for special occasions; such events are not that frequent. The representative explained that patrons attending events will be provided with a buffer time, to ensure recorded music is switched off by 1 am, and the variation of hours for late night refreshment intended to capture a different market. Responding to a query regarding the existing application for recorded music and noise concerns, it was confirmed that no complaints have been received regarding the premises in the past.

 

RESOLVED – To approve the application as amended by the applicant:

a)  Vary the hours relating to late  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.