Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday 1 November 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room (B6) - Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW

Contact: Nazyer Choudhury, Tel: 020 7926 0028 Email: 

No. Item


Election of Chair


    MOVED by Councillor Irfan Mohammed, SECONDED by Councillor John Kazantzis and


    RESOLVED: That Councillor Fred Cowell be elected Chair for 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.




None were declared.


Licensing Applications for the Grant / Review of a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 165 KB


Strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity

Contact: Bina Patel, Licensing Manager, 020 7926 4103



Special circumstances justifying urgent consideration


An application for a Summary/Expedited review under Section 53A (of the

Licensing Act 2003) was submitted to Lambeth Council on 30 October 2019 in respect of the Premises Licence held. On receipt of a valid Summary Review application the Licensing Authority must, within 48 hours, consider whether it is necessary to take any interim steps pending determination of the review of the premises licence. Following the sub-Committees decision to suspend the licence, representations were made by the premises which now need to be considered within 48 hours (of receipt of the representations) The Authority must then undertake the full review within 28 days of receipt of the application.


The Chair is of the opinion that although the meeting has not been convened with at least five clear days’ notice, it should proceed now as a matter of urgency to consider the expedited review because of the special circumstances of the need to comply with the statutory requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.


The Sub Committee must:


a – consider whether the interim steps are appropriate for the promotion of

the licensing objectives; and


b – determine whether to withdraw or modify the steps taken.


Hurlingham (Passenger Vessel), Lambeth Pier, Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SG (Bishop's) pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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    Presentation by the Licensing Officer


    The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a summary review of a premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to Chapters 2 and 12 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Sections 53A of the Licensing Act (2003) as particularly relevant to this application. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out in paragraphs 6.2 of the report on pages 10 of the agenda papers.


    The Licensing Officer confirmed:


    ·      The application was submitted on 30 October 2019.

    ·      The application was a summary review for a premises (a floating vessel) situated at Lambeth Pier at the Albert Embankment following an incident that had occurred on 25 October 2019.

    ·      The incident had taken place on the premises / directly outside the premises as it loitered on the pier.

    ·      Police had CCTV footage of the incident.


    Presentation by the applicant


    Mr Michael Brett and PC Watson, representing the Police, informed the Sub-Committee that:


    ·      The Police sought an immediate suspension of the licence on the grounds that the premises had been a ‘locus’ of serious disorder.

    ·      There had been a large scale of violence on the pierat Tower Pier which spread onto the street on 25 October 2019.

    ·      The incident that occurred needed to be considered against the background of problems on the premises caused by alcohol consumption and the premises licence holder’s failure to engage with the Police to address the issue.

    ·      The premises licence holder was not present at this meeting.

    ·      The premises was a ‘party boat’ and could be described as a ‘floating nightclub’.

    ·      The premises had a licence for late night refreshment from 23:00 to 01:00 and could serve alcohol from 07:00 to 01:00.  

    ·      The application was also being made under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003. 

    ·      The Police proposed suspension of the licence as an interim step pending a full review hearing.

    ·      The application needed to be made by the Chief of Police and be inclusive of the form and certificate.Both of these had been included and had been marked with the Metropolitan Police heading.The form was signed and dated 30 October 2019. 

    ·      CCTV evidence was available and would be shown to the Sub-Committee.



    At this point in the proceedings, the Sub-Committee was shown the CCTV footage. 


    Mr Brett and PC Watson, informed the Sub-Committee that:


    ·      There were 22 units present at the time of the incident on 25 October 2019, including firearms officers.  Close to 100 officers were present at the time.

    ·      Police were already at the pier conducting routine licensing checks. This happened after the vessel had docked on to the pier.

    ·      The altercation had started after patrons had disembarked from the vessel.

    ·      Officers were unable to restore order after the incident had begun despite several attempts and CS gas had to be used to incapacitate an individual. It was only at this point that patrons started to take commands from the Police.

    ·      Officers had to take a defensive stand with their batons as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.