Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Thursday, 1st August, 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 H Bithell be elected as Chair for the hearings.

 

 

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:

 

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 late items.

 

 

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 - Interim Steps Hearing - Paradise Bar, 3 Sheepscar Street South, Sheepscar, Leeds, LS7 1AD pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) advising Members that West Yorkshire Police have served the licensing authority an application under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003 for a Summary Review of a premises licence. The application was served on the 30th July 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) submitted a report that advised Members that West Yorkshire Police had served the licensing authority an application under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003 for a Summary Review of a premises licence. The application was served on the 30th July 2019.

 

The application requested that the licensing authority consider immediate suspension of the licence.

 

The following were in attendance:

 

-  PC Cath Arkle, West Yorkshire Police

-  Mr Bassue, the premises licence holder

 

At the outset of the hearing, Mr Bassue informed the Sub-Committee that he would like the hearing to be adjourned to a future date so that he could seek legal advice. The legal officer advised that the hearing was required to take place within two days of the application from West Yorkshire Police, and therefore it would not be possible to adjourn. The legal officer also noted that Interim Steps hearings did not require the attendance of the licence holder, however the licence holder was invited to contribute to the hearing out of courtesy. On this basis, the Sub-Committee refused the application for adjournment and proceeded with the hearing.

 

PC Arkle addressed the Sub-Committee, providing some background to the circumstances that led to the submission of the application. PC Arkle informed Members that no complaints had been received since the premises obtained their licence in February 2019 until the incident that occurred on Sunday 28th July 2019. Two victims had received life threatening stab wounds outside the premises during the early hours of Sunday 28th July 2019, one of whom was 17 years old, following an alteration inside the premises. The suspects were still outstanding and the case was being treated as attempted murder. Members were informed that there had been a number of breaches to the premises under Section 136 of the Licensing Act 2003, which had been revealed as a result of the incident. PC Arkle advised that the premises was open beyond hours set out within their licence, and that persons under the age of 18 were permitted access to the premises. Additionally, the Sub-Committee were informed that a broken bottle from the premises was used during the incident, and that no glass bottles were permitted outside of the premises. Members were also informed that there had been some difficulty gaining access to the CCTV recording of the incident. PC Arkle reiterated that the investigation was still live, and that further incidents and acts of retribution at the premises were likely. Therefore, PC Arkle requested that the Sub-Committee immediately suspend the premises licence in the interests of public safety.

 

Mr Bassue addressed the Sub-Committee, advising Members that a private party was held on Saturday 27th July 2019 and that the two persons aged under 18 were not invited to the party and had not been allowed entry, but had managed to gain access later in the evening. Mr Bassue informed Members that plastic cups were used on the premises, and felt that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.