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Zanzibar - Temporary Event Notice pdf icon PDF 34 KB

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


Licensing Manager


2.2      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 31 January 2014 and between the hours of 0200 to 0530 on 1 February 2015 for Hall 1 and Hall 2. The notices have been served by the current licensee Mr Gayle who was present.


2.3      These premises were subject to a review earlier in the year and this Committee restricted its hours for licensable activities to 2am along with a raft of conditions. This decision was subsequently appealed to the magistrates’ court. The licence was also transferred in to Mr Gayle’s name during this period. The evidence produced for the appeal hearing by Licensing Officers, was basically the bundle 2 that had been served and on which the Police intended to rely at the meeting. This evidence had been received since the current licensee had taken over the business and based on this, along with the historical evidence, the court confirmed the decision of the Committee by way of a consent order agreed by the licensee.  There was also some additional recent evidence.


Metropolitan Police


2.4      Sgt McGrath said that he had received late information from local residents. He had a bundle of complaints regarding noise and illegal parking during an event on 14 January 2015 at Zanzibar night club. The event had caused a serious nuisance in the area. Sgt McGrath said that he had attended the area and witnessed, for himself, cars parked on pavements, car doors slamming between 0100 and 0130 and general noise nuisance. A business was forced to close and the stewards were unable to control the amount of traffic in the area. Residents sent in their photographs of the illegal parking on the night in question.


2.5      Sgt McGrath said that two complaints had been received, and his integrity had been questioned. Therefore the extra bundle of complaints received from residents that he intended to circulate, would not be redacted for members of the Committee. The complaints refer to the one-off event held at the club and they highlighted all the original issues raised by residents. Noise nuisance was experienced between 0100 -0130, which was totally inappropriate for a weekday.


2.6      Councillor Michael asked what business was forced to close because of the one- off event. Sgt McGrath said that the petrol station adjacent to the club was forced to close because 30 cars were parked on the forecourt. He said that he counted the number of cars himself; customers could not fill up their cars with petrol.


2.7      Councillor Michael asked Sgt McGrath who had called his integrity into question. Sgt McGrath said that he could not divulge that information.  


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