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Councillor Clough was elected Chair for the meeting.
Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
Apologies were received from Councillor O’Rourke. Councillor Langley substituted.
Declarations of Interest
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The procedure was noted.
The Committee’s Legal Advisor informed the meeting that under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 Act any person attending a meeting had a statutory right to report on it with the use of audio or video recordings. Objectors in attendance had been notified of this in advance and it was their decision if they wished to speak. It was noted that the objectors’ ability to speak at the meeting was discretionary and their right to anonymity did not overcome the right to record the meeting.
The Committee noted the objections set out in the report and was minded to hear briefly from the objectors. The Licensing Policy Advisor called each objector and Objectors 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13 addressed the Committee. All other objectors were not in attendance. The Licensing Policy Advisor reported the receipt of a late objection. The applicant’s representative confirmed that they were content to allow the objection noting that it was in support of the licence.
It was noted that the Members of the Committee had made a site visit to the premises earlier in the day. The Licensing Policy Advisor summarised the findings of the site visit as follows:-
1. There had not been any significant changes to the dance areas.
2. A problem with dazzle on one of the cameras noted last year, had been resolved.
3. The CCTV system was considered and there were no blind spots.
4. Plans needed to be updated to reflect the removal of the ‘dumb waiters’.
5. A query arose about the frequency of maintenance of the panic alarm.
It was confirmed that a substitution plan was required for the SEV licence. For the Licensing Act, a minor variation would be required if the SEV licence was approved.
The Licensing Policy Advisor introduced the report stating that there was a presumption to grant unless there were statutory grounds for refusal as set out in the report. The applicant had not made an application to exclude the standard conditions imposed. It was noted that the mandatory grounds for refusal did not apply in this case and so the Committee would consider the discretionary grounds only.
The Council’s Enforcement Team had visited the venue and found no breaches. They had also ‘dip sampled’ CCTV footage and found no breaches. It was noted that neither the Police or the Police and Crime Commissioner had made any comments on the application.
The Licensing Policy Advisor reminded the Committee of the requirement to have regard to the Section 149 of the Equalities Act 2010 and the mandatory and discretionary grounds for refusal as set out in the report.
There followed a short comfort break.
The Applicant’s legal representative addressed the Committee as follows:
1. He introduced the owners and management team at Central Chambers
2. He thanked the Sub Committee for inspecting and exploring the venue.
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