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Election of Chair
MOVED by Councillor Irfan Mohammed, SECONDED by Councillor Linda Bray
RESOLVED: That Councillor Fred Cowell be elected Chair of the meeting.
Declaration of Pecuniary Interests
Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.
Councillor Bray stated that application 3a was located in her ward, Clapham Town.
Strategic Director, Residents Services
Contact: Bina Patel, Licensing Manager, 020 7926 4103
Presentation by the Licensing Officer
The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a review of a premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to chapters 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 of the Statutory Guidance and Sections 1, 5, 15, 16 and 17 (appendices 4 and 10) of the Statement of Licensing Policy as the ones particularly relevant to this application. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out in paragraph 6.1 of the report on page 11 of the agenda papers.
The Licensing Officer confirmed:
· This was an application submitted by Trading Standards to review a premises licence following a sale of alcohol to person under the age of 18.
· The review was based on the licensing objective of the protection of children from harm.
· Details can be found on pages 13 to 38 of the agenda papers.
Presentation by the applicant
Ms Katherine Forrest, Trading Standards Officer, informed the Sub-Committee that:
· This was an application for the review of a premises licence held by a limited company called Seven Eleven Foods Limited. The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) named on the Licence is Nabil Mohammed who is also the sole director of the Licensee company.
· The application was in relation to the licensing objective of the protection of children from harm.
· There were serious issues of street violence in the area and this may be a result of individuals becoming intoxicated.
· There had been three sales of alcohol to an individual under the age of 18. Once in 2015 and twice in 2018 to children aged 14 to 15 years.
· The last two sales to underage individuals had occurred within two months of the first incident occurring.
· There was a separate offence regarding persistently selling alcohol to children.
· The supporting documents outlined the risks of alcohol for young people.
· The premises was located in a cumulative impact zone.
· In relation to the first instance of the sale of alcohol occurring in 2018, the DPS was called to attend the premises to deal with the issue. In the second instance however he was present when the sale took place and could have intervened.
· The DPS would not be able to demonstrate that premises staff who had sold alcohol had engaged the Challenge 25 Policy.
· One would have expected after the first sale that the DPS would reinforce the policies requirement with staff. The fact that there was a second underage sale shortly thereafter demonstrated that the DPS had not adequately done so. It was noteworthy that they had said later that they thought the individual was 19, an age which fell inside the requirement to use the Challenge 25 policy.
· Trading Standards only ever used individuals who under 18 years old and appeared to be under 18.
· Trading standards did not coerce the sale of alcohol and individuals attempting to purchase the alcohol did not carry identification.
· If premises staff were unable to pass test purchases persistently, then it was likely that premises staff was ... view the full minutes text for item 3a