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Contact: Clare Weaser
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 2 December 2020 be confirmed and signed.
3.1 The Chair welcomed all parties to the Licensing Committee. She introduced those present, and outlined the procedure to be followed for the meeting. She then invited the Crime and Enforcement Manager to introduce the application.
3.2 Ms Hooper said that members were being asked to consider the review of a premises licence for Maestro 44 – 45 Deptford Broadway SE8 4PH. She said that P.C Butler had made the application and said that representations had been sought on the grounds of public safety, prevention of public nuisance. and prevention of crime and disorder. She outlined the current activities for which the premises were licensed. No objection had been received from any other responsible authorities, however, she recommended that members should note that P.C Butler’s statement included a statement from Frank Oluniran from the Council’s Crime and Enforcement Service.
3.3 Ms Hooper outlined the options open to members of the Committee having considered all the evidence presented to them and when making their decision.
3.4 Mr Tom Bushnell then outlined the application on behalf of the Metropolitan Police. He said that there had been repeated breaches of conditions on the premises licence. There were not many conditions on the current licence but several had been breached.
· On 2,10,23 and 30 August and 5 and 20 September 2020 SIA door staff had not been employed.
· Music failed to stop at 11pm and was played loudly with the doors open on 2 August 2020 following which a resident made a formal written complaint. Breaches continued on 10,,23 and 30 August 2020.
· A sound limiter was claimed to have been delivered on 5 August 2020 but it was never installed.
3.5 Mr Tom Bushnell said that there had been inadequate engagement with Police and the local authority by management. The local authority and Police had worked hard to engage with management. P.C Butler and Mr Oluniran had tried hard to engage with the premises. Seven separate visits were made to the premises and 2 letters sent from separate bodies within the local authority.
3.6 Members were advised that this review had been brought before members as a last resort. If management had made attempts to rectify the breaches made, the application would not have been made. P.C Butler had, therefore, recommended that changes be made to the conditions on the licence; he was not recommending that the licence be revoked because it was hoped that the changes would ensure that the premises operate within the four licensing objectives. All conditions were targeted to address the breaches identified within the premises.
3.7 The removal of the DPS was considered necessary and particularly the following three conditions: