Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 6 - Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW. View directions

Contact: Anisha Teji  01895 27655

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest in matters coming before this meeting

Minutes:

None.

3.

To confirm that the items of business marked Part I will be considered in Public and items marked Part II will be considered in Private

Minutes:

It was confirmed that all items were marked as Part I, and would therefore be considered in public.

 

4.

Matters that have been notified in advance or urgent

Minutes:

None.

5.

Application To Review A Premises Licence: Best Food & Wine, Station Road, West Drayton pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction by Licensing Officer

 

Steven Dormer, Licensing Officer at the London Borough of Hillingdon, introduced the report and photographs relating to the review application of the premises licence for Best Food & Wine, 61 Station Road, UB7 7LR. A background and chronology of events was provided.

 

The Committee was informed that on 27 August 2019 a site visit was conducted at Best Food and Wine and illicit tobacco and medicinal products were seized by the Trading Standards Service. A second visit was undertaken by the Licensing Officer on 2 January 2020 and it was noted that the premises was struggling to comply with the current conditions of the licence, particularly in relation to CCTV.

 

The review was fully supported by two responsible authorities including the Metropolitan Police and Licensing Authority.

 

A recommendation was made to suspend the premises licence for a period not exceeding three months.

 

Representation by Applicant for the review

 

The Applicant for the review, Kiran Seyan from the Trading Standards Service, addressed the Committee. 

 

The Committee was informed that on 27 August 2019, acting on intelligence received, the Trading Standards Service conducted inspections of premises suspected of selling illicit goods. The Trading Standards Service were accompanied by tobacco detection dogs during the visits.  It was noted that illegal tobacco products and medicinal products were found in various locations on the Best Food and Wine premises and these goods were seized by officers. The agenda pack provided further details about the products seized and photographs of where the products were found. The estimated value of the goods seized was approximately £1500.

 

It was submitted that the Licence Holder’s actions amounted to a breach of the Licensing Objective – The Prevention Of Crime And Disorder and the Licensing Act 2003 – Section 182 Guidance. It was further submitted that the licence ought to be suspended for three months to allow the Licence Holder to comply with the conditions of the licence.

 

Representations by Responsible Authorities

 

The Metropolitan Police

 

PC Dave Butler, on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service, addressed the Committee. It was noted that the Metropolitan Police was in support of the representations made by Trading Standards.

 

Although West Drayton had undergone significant regeneration, it was highlighted that the area still suffered from anti-social behaviour, street drinking and drug misuse complaints. It was submitted that the Licence Holder had neglected to follow the Licensing Objectives under crime and disorder. The Committee was asked to impose a suspension order for a period of three months to enable the Licence Holder to bring the business into compliance with conditions and regulations and support was also given to the conditions proposed by the Trading Standards Service.

 

The Licensing Authority

 

Lois King, on behalf of the Licensing Authority addressed the Committee and noted that there had been serious concerns regarding the Prevention of Crime and Disorder Licensing Objective.  Illicit products had been found concealed in various locations on the premises.

 

A compliance check was conducted on 2 January 2020 and a number of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.