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Introductions and procedure pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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Councillor Phil Graham welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced officers and members.  The licensing officer introduced himself, the responsible authorities, the interested parties and the applicant. The procedure for the conduct of the meeting was outlined.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Vivien Cutler and Matt Nathan.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Kadeema Woodbyrne substituted for Councillor Vivien Cutler and Councillor Marian Spall substituted for Councillor Matt Nathan.


Declarations of interest

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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business


The order of business would be as the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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That the minutes of the meetings held on the 5 May and the 12 May 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Future Leisure Ltd, Unit 1, Fonthill House, 113-115 Fonthill Road, N4 3HN - New premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005 pdf icon PDF 5 MB


The Licensing Officer reported that there had been additional papers circulated to members.  These included additional papers from the applicant and an update from the Community Safety Officer. The planning implications, as stated in the report, were highlighted.


The Licensing Authority stated that additional information on the crime statistics for the area from the Community Safety Officer had been circulated.  The area was one of the most deprived areas in London and there were serious concerns that a licence for an Adult Gaming Centre would make matters worse. The premises would attract a high level of residents who were highly dependent on alcohol and drugs and there were high levels of crime in the area. A planning application for a change of use had not been sought. There were already ten betting shops in the area and one Adult Gaming Centre in Seven Sisters Road.


The Police stated that they mirrored the concerns of the Licensing Authority.  They stated that they had no direct evidence in relation to the venue that this premises would be a detrimental addition.  The application was not for a betting shop.  However, this was a hugely challenging area and hotspot in relation to crime and disorder, drug use and Covid 19 challenges in relation to anti-social behaviour since lockdown. A gambling premises was a negative proposal and the representation stood with regard to the difficulties in the area.


The Community Safety Officer stated that an Adult Gaming Centre would have a negative impact on the high levels of crime and challenging issues in the area.  There were significant problems in the area including drug dealing/use, homelessness, anti-social behaviour.  There were two large housing estates nearby where there was a high level of crime.  There had been extensive cross borough partnership work with Hackney and Haringey to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Increasing issues were being reported around serious violence and acquisitive crime and evidence of this had been captured by CCTV.  The Council had been working with the Police to improve safety. Initiatives had included an increase in police officers, a knife bin, safe needle-exchange schemes and tailored support for young people. A local Travelodge was being used by Haringey Council to provide housing for the street population which had created an increase in issues including mental health problems.  The Community Safety Officer invited a witness to speak, the Finsbury Park Town Centre manager.  In response to a question about the concerns she had for the area she stated that the high levels of crime in the area made this area very challenging.  For the past two years the Council had been working with the business community. Similar gambling premises had issues with the safety of staff and customers with staff levels insufficient to properly deal with concerns. The Council was working alongside the business community to develop a Fashion Village offering jobs to local residents.  Traders considered that a Gaming Centre would not fit in with this retail offer and had concerns that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 149.


Whiskey's Grooming, 387 Liverpool Road, N1 1NP - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Sub-Committee noted that this item had been withdrawn from the agenda as all representations had been withdrawn.