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Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

68.

Introductions and procedure

Minutes:

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

69.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ben Mackmurdie.

70.

Declarations of substitute members

Minutes:

Councillor Phil Graham substituted for Councillor Ben Mackmurdie.

71.

Declarations of interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b) Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c) Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d) Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e) Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

None.

72.

Order of Business

Minutes:

The order of business would be as the agenda.

73.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

74.

PREMISES LICENCE SUMMARY REVIEW - Orleans, 259-261 Seven Sisters Road, London N4 2DD pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The licensing officer reported that an application had been made for the licence holder to be named as the designated premises supervisor (DPS). An additional statement had been submitted by the police and a draft operational policy had been circulated.  These documents would be interleaved with the agenda papers.

 

Concern was expressed that the draft operational policy had only been received at 3pm on the day of the meeting and it would be difficult for members to form a view about this crucial document.

 

The police stated that they had reached an agreement with the venue.  There had been an incident on Christmas Day where it appeared that door staff had assaulted a drunk patron. There had been continued engagement with the licensee over the period and it had been determined that whilst there was no evidence of deceit by management, failings of this magnitude fell on the DPS.  The police had recommended that there be a replacement of SIA provider, a replacement of DPS and the implementation of an operation manual.  The venue had agreed with these three points. The venue had drafted the operation manual.  This was not the finished article and could be amended over time.  The venue had engaged, the security company appeared to be suitable although had not been tested on this venue and the new DPS was likely to be accepted.  He did not consider that it would be appropriate to withdraw the review but stated that they had reached an agreement with the venue.

 

In response to questions, it was noted that the venue management were not aware of the incident and it had only been provided to them by the Council’s CCTV. The police were not entirely satisfied with the management and that was why they were now requesting a new DPS.  The venue had sourced a new security team and had withdrawn an appeal against the interim measures after agreeing with the police that they should not rush to re-open before bringing in necessary changes.  The new DPS also had an investment in the premises as the licensee and it was expected that this would bring an improvement. Police checks had unearthed very few serious offences.  Crime at the venue was considered to be low level and the number of incidents fairly average for this type of premises. However, the implementation of an ID scanning system had taken longer to install than expected. The operation manual would need to be developed further as procedures would need to be seen how they would work in practice.

The police were unable to say that the venue had attempted to interfere with evidence or that they conspired with the security company. They stated that any call to the emergency services had not been timely.

 

The manager stated that they did not support the behaviour of the security company.  They had appointed the security company in May 2019. He had initially called Nightsafe following the incident and then called the police once he had seen  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.