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31.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 17 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 17 November 2014 be confirmed and signed.

 

32.

Declaration of interests pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Minutes:

None.

 

33.

Morleys Westbourne Terrace - Temporary Event Notice pdf icon PDF 29 KB

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3.1      The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. She then invited the Licensing Manager to speak.

 

Licensing Manager

 

3.2      The Licensing Manager said that this application was for the provision of late night refreshment from 00.00 to 05.00 on 1 January 2015. Notice was served and an objection was received from the Metropolitan Police within the specified time and in accordance with regulations.

 

            Police Objection

 

3.3      P.S McGrath said that Police and local residents were very concerned about crime and disorder in the area. Perry Vale Ward has seen one of the greatest increases in offences of violence with injury, many of these offences have occurred late in the evening when both suspect and victim are under the influence of alcohol and at locations that encourage people to congregate.

 

3.3      P.S McGrath said that is difficult for Police to control these increasing levels of crime. Morleys is situated in a residential area and granting of this application would cause unacceptable levels of nuisance for local residents. 12 complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area had been received by community police teams. Young people hang around the area and if a licence was granted until 5am, it would be a magnet for noise nuisance and encourage people to congregate in the area until the early hours of the morning.

 

3.4      P.S McGrath said that inside the premises there is a fruit machine; again this encourages people to hang around. Although Mr Krishnarajah does not have a licence for a fruit machine, the machine in the premises is a skill machine, and the Licensing Manager confirmed that a licence was not required.

 

            Applicant

 

3.5      Mr Krishnarajah had hearing difficulties and he had brought an assistant who addressed the Committee. His assistant said that they could turn off the skills machine between midnight and 05.00 on 1 January 2015. He said that the provision of food in the early hours of the morning would be beneficial to patrons who had been drinking heavily. Their shop is monitored and there is CCTV surveillance. Their patrons come to buy food, not to make trouble and eating is often a calming influence on people if they have been drinking.

 

3.6      Councillor Michael asked whether any complaints received were associated directly with Morleys. P.S McGrath said that there were reports of nuisance and disorder in the area in the early hours of the morning but there was no evidence that the premises were responsible for any of these complaints.

 

3.7      Councillor Britton said that this application was for food only. He asked P.S McGrath whether eating food reduces the effects of alcohol on a person. P.S McGrath said that he could not comment.

 

3.8      Councillor Johnston-Franklin asked P.S McGrath to confirm that local Police had received 12 complaints of anti-social behaviour but none of them related directly to Morleys. P.S McGrath confirmed this. There had been complaints about another establishment in the area; people hang around the area and around  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

TEN GSM Supermarket pdf icon PDF 27 KB

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4.1      The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. She then invited the Licensing Manager to speak.

 

            Licensing Manager

 

4.2      The Licensing Manager said that this was a hearing to determine Temporary Event Notices for the sale of alcohol from 23:00 to 04:00 each day from 24-29 December 2014. Notice was served and an objection was received from the Metropolitan Police within the specified time and in accordance with regulations. The Licensing Manager said that there was an error on page 4 of the agenda; the events were from 24-29 December 2014.

 

            Objector

 

4.3      P.S McGrath said that the MPS were objecting to this application because it would undermine the licensing objectives of prevention of crime and disorder and prevention of public nuisance. GSM Supermarket is situated in the New Cross Corridor and it is in the Cumulative Impact Zone. This area attracts a high number of people to the area where there are a number of late night bars. This leads to excessive drinking and during the month of December there had been 5 incidents of assaults, 3 of these were serious.

 

4.4      P. S McGrath said that on 10 December 2014 at 7pm, he visited the premises. There was only one member of staff on duty at the time. He did not know who authorised him to sell alcohol nor had he received any training for the sale of alcohol. He did not know any of the reasons why he should not serve alcohol and there was no refusal book on the premises. High strength lagers and beers of above 7% ABV are sold on the premises for as little as 99 pence. Alcohol is ‘self-service’; easily accessible to people who are drunk and underage drinkers.

 

4.5      Ms Collins said that if staff do not receive any formal training for the sale of alcohol and there is no refusal book, the applicant was in breach of his licence.

 

            Applicant

 

4.6      Mr Jordan said that the applicant, Mr Yildiz would agree to a finishing time of 01:00 for the temporary events. The Licensing Manager said that changes could not be made to the application because the meeting had commenced.

 

4.7      Mr Jordan said that since the Police visited the premises, changes had taken place and there is always a DPS on duty when the shop is open. Staff receive training in all areas of the sale of alcohol including proxy sales. During the temporary event, there will be no sales above 6% ABV. The applicant had never had any problems with people who were drunk at the premises.

 

4.8      Mr Jordan said that there would be at least 2 members of staff on duty when the premises is open, occasionally it could be 3. Mr Yildiz had a good record of management and had never had any problems at the premises. There were only 3 different varieties of lager and beers above 6% ABV and these would be removed from display during the temporary event.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

Zanzibar - Temporary Events Notice pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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5.1      Councillor Britton said that members of the Committee had received emails intimating that the decisions that they had made with regard to recent TEN applications made by Zanzibar were or could be racist. He said that he refuted these claims very strongly. He said that he felt that he could not now make a decision and under protest, he withdrew from the meeting.

 

5.2      The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. She then invited the Licensing Manager to speak.

 

Licensing Manager

 

5.3      The Licensing Manager said that this was a hearing to determine the Temporary Event Notice for Zanzibar 291-330 Kirkdale, for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises, regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment between the hours of 0200hrs to 0430hrs on 1 January 2015 in Halls 1 and 2. Notice was served and an objection was received from Environmental Enforcement within the specified time and in accordance with regulations.

 

Objector

 

5.4      Ms Bray said that Environmental Enforcement Officers had received a number of complaints from local residents about noise nuisance associated with Zanzibar night club. The premises are in a residential area and if this application was granted, it could have an adverse effect on the lives of local residents. 

 

5.5      Councillor Johnston-Franklin asked when the last complaint was received. Ms Bray said that it was on 4 October 2014. Councillor Johnson-Franklin said that following members’ concerns about the premises, management had put in place several measures to address residents’ complaints. Ms Bray said that there had not been any complaints since the hours of operation were reduced.

 

5.6      Mr Payne said that there had been a review of the premises licence for Zanzibar. This had coincided with Mr Gayle becoming the new manager of the club. The fact that there had not been any complaints from residents could be due to an improvement in management. The licensing manager said that complaints had been received between May and October. Mr Lee said that Mr Gayle was under contractual obligations at the time to hold events for young people. He said that these events would not be held any longer. Going forward, Mr Lee said that substantive measures had been put in place to ensure that the activities of the club do not cause a public nuisance for local residents.

 

            Applicant

 

5.7      Mr Payne said that the club had produced a noise management policy and a dispersal policy. This was circulated to members at the meeting. He said that although the Environmental Enforcement Team had not issued a noise abatement notice, there were three different noise nuisances emanating from the club. Noise from patrons arriving, noise from activities at the club and the noise as patrons leave the premises. The noise and dispersal policy addressed all of these issues. Street/traffic marshals ensure that residents are not inconvenienced at the beginning and the end of an evening. During the winter, noise from patrons was not so loud because  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.