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Introductions and procedure


Councillor Poole welcomed everyone to the meeting and officers and members introduced themselves.  The procedure for the conduct of the meeting was outlined.


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of substitute members


There were no declarations of substitute members.


Declarations of interest

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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business


The order of business would be as per the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 132 KB



That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 December 2018 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Nags Head, Covered Market, 22 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 8AG - New Premises Licence Application pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Additional documents:


The licensing officer stated that an update report had been provided in the second despatch. Three additional conditions had also been provided by the applicant and these were as follows:


1)   There shall be no self-service of alcohol at the premises.


2)   That children are not permitted on the premises after 20:00 unless they are accompanied by an adult.


3)   At all times when alcohol is sold on the premises there will be an open food market on the Mezzanine level providing substantial refreshment.


The Planning Officer stated that there was an open enforcement case. Currently the use class was A1. It was not clear whether there would be a change of use. However, planning was a separate regime to licensing. There was baseline consent for planning permission for the area including the market. The Planning Officer advised that there were no planning issues which would prevent the determination of this application.


The Licensing Authority stated that their representation had been made on the grounds of location, C1 use, saturation, licensing hours, operating schedule and dispersal policy. Since then the composite list of conditions had been submitted by the applicant and the hours had been reduced to the framework hours, there would be no motorised vehicles after 8pm, no off sales after 8pm and only the entrance on Seven Sisters Road would be used after 8pm. The Licensing Authority had not withdrawn their representation as they were of the view that the ground floor bar should not be licensed and only the mezzanine should be licensed for use when the open food market was open.


Three residents and a ward councillor spoke to object to the application. The first resident spoke and explained that much pain and suffering was caused to residents living in the vicinity. There were four pubs within 50m of the market. Nearby there was also a 24 hour McDonald’s, a KFC open until 12am, 4 small licensed supermarkets, betting shops, casinos and two large supermarkets. There were only three nearby residential roads where people could park and there had been problems with drunken revellers, drug dealing, people shouting, throwing takeaways and delivery drivers congregating, shouting and arguing. It was stated that the area could not take another large licensed premises. Concern was raised that two or three years ago the market sold goods, then it turned into a hot food market and the mezzanine was developed, both without planning permissions. It was proposed that 20 food outlets would sell alcohol. Concern was raised about this licence not promoting the licensing objectives and about the large premises being in a cumulative impact area. The resident raised further concern that the applicant had no control over the ground floor exits and would not have this without the consent of the other lessees. Similarly it had no authority to agree conditions. In addition, the resident stated that the applicant’s balance sheets from other premises were weak and losses had been made. Concern was raised at the lack of compliance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.


Bagci Food Centre, 152 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AY - Premises Licence Review Application pdf icon PDF 28 MB


There was no update from the licensing officer.

Trading Standards advised the sub-committee that there had been a small seizure of illicit alcohol, a failed Challenge 25 sale and an underage sale. At the time of the underage sale, training records had not been produced but they had been subsequently. At a visit to the premises on 9 January 2019, no further illicit alcohol was found and on 12 February 2019, four members of staff had attended training. Although since the breach of the licence, the management of the premises had engaged and co-operated with Trading Standards and better procedures had been put in place, the offences outlined had still been committed.

In response to questions from members about the purpose of a medium term suspension when this was not the first offence and there had been a catalogue of licence breaches between 2010 and 2018, Trading Standards stated that it would provide time for management issues to be resolved and although the issues were serious, management was now engaged and co-operating.

The Licensing Authority stated that a representation had been submitted to support the Trading Standards review. There was a history of non-compliance and the Licensing Authority sought to encourage high standards. These had not been shown by the licensee and the premises had not been run to the high standards expected. At a visit on 12 January 2019, the shop was busy but the licence holder and DPS was not present, a Challenge 25 notice was displayed, CCTV was working but only as far back as 5 January 2019, training records and the sale refusal log were available. On a visit on 8 February 2019, CCTV was working and recording but only back to 15 January 2019, high strength alcohol was still being sold, the licence was on display, 3 people were in the shop and the licensee’s son (who did not have a personal licence) was managing the shop. There was a refusal log back to 2 January 2019 and officers were advised that the refusal log prior to this had been sent to an agent. Invoices were being kept together as were training certificates, fire fighting equipment was correct but the fire exit was blocked and there was no UV pen on the premises. Officers instructed management to resolve areas of concern and since the review had been submitted, improvements had been made. The Licensing Authority requested that a suspension be imposed.

Public Health stated that they were concerned about the impact of alcohol on children and young people. Islington had the highest rate of alcohol related hospital admissions out of the London boroughs and half of young people who had been drunk had purchased alcohol from off licences.

Members raised concern about there being several schools in this locality.

The Police stated that they had attended when the test purchase with a 14 year old (who looked 14) was conducted. A fixed penalty notice had been issued to the person who made the sale. The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.