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Contact: Clare Weaser
Silks, 177-181 Rushey Green, Catford, SE6 4BD
Lewisham LBC, Licensing Committee
Application for summary review
1. The Metropolitan Police (“the Police”) have submitted an application for a summary review of the premises licence for Silks, 177-181 Rushey Green, Catford, SE6 4BD (“the Premises”). The Police seek revocation of the licence.
2. The premises licence is held by Walk Safe Security Services Ltd (“the PLH”). The DPS is Sharna Johnson.
3. The Licensing Committee held remote hearings using Microsoft Teams on 7 and 10 November 2022 when it decided to impose (and continue) the interim step of suspension pending this hearing. The final hearing to consider the summary review also took place remotely on 29 November 2022.
4. In making its decision, the Committee has taken into account all of the papers in the reports pack, CCTV footage of an incident which took place on 30 October 2022, the written evidence submitted by both parties and submissions made by the parties at the hearing. It has also taken into account the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the Home Office’s statutory guidance.
5. The Committee’s decision on the review is to modify the conditions of the licence as follows:
(a) the opening hours of the premises shall be 11.00-01.00 Monday-Sunday;
(b) plays, live music, recorded music, late night refreshment and alcohol for consumption on/off the premises shall all cease by 00.00 Monday-Sunday;
(c) no seasonal variations.
A further condition will be added to the licence as follows:
(d) the PLH shall adopt and implement a policy for managing the dispersal of customers leaving the Premises by 16 December 2022.
6. The Committee is also required to review the interim step of suspension. The Committee’s decision is to lift the suspension and to impose, as interim steps, the modifications to the licence set out in paragraph 5 above.
7. The Committee’s reasons are as follows:
(a) The Committee viewed CCTV footage of an incident of disorder which took place around 4.19am on 30 October 2022. The Committee considered that this was a serious incident and was concerned that the PLH had tried to minimise its seriousness. According to the CAD report (which was based on an account given by the PLH’s own security staff) a person had been knocked unconscious during the course of a fight which – as the Committee saw for itself on the CCTV footage – involved a large number of people and spilled into the road. The Committee noted that a bus passed very close by during the incident and considered that it was fortunate no one was killed and that there was only one serious injury.
(b) The Committee was also concerned that, as well as trying to minimise the seriousness of the incident, the PLH had effectively tried to place the blame on the Police whereas they have primary responsibility to promote the licensing objectives. While the Committee acknowledges the importance of partnership working, at the end of the day the Premises needs to ... view the full decision text for item 3.