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No. Item


Introductions and procedure


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


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Nick Wayne and Marian Spall.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Graham substituted for Councillor Wayne and Councillor Cutler substituted for Councillor Spall.


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.



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 74 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


The Sekforde, 34 Sekforde Street, EC1R 0HA - Designated Premises Supervisor pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Sub-Committee noted the additional letter from the applicant circulated separately.  This would be interleaved with the agenda papers.


The licensing officer informed the Sub-Committee that nothing had been received from the applicant regarding the change in designated premises supervisor prior to the 16 November 2018.


The police officer stated that the letter at page 17 of the agenda should be dated 21 November and not December.  He accepted that the police did sometimes copy and paste documents but stated that the objection to the application was his own work and not that of the noise officer. He was impartial.

The police officer considered that there were exceptional circumstances to object to the application due to the number of crime incidents.  An application for the designated premises supervisor (dps) had been received in November 2018.  The previous dps had left in December 2017.  Not having a designated premises supervisor was an offence. If the application for dps had been made prior to November 2018 then why would the applicant re-apply for the same venue.  There was no copy of the licence available.  The noise officer had advised in May 2018 that a copy of the licence could be provided. No further correspondence had been received.  The police had tried to engage through emails and the applicant had stated that he couldn’t care less whether he was the dps or if it was Harry Smith.  The police considered that the most appropriate person would be Harry Smith.  The venue was prone to crime and disorder. 

There had been reports of large groups of patrons outside the premises. There were police reports, one of a customer urinating in a stairwell, one report from Parkguard where a customer climbed up and placed a shoe in a lamp post, another incident where a male was quite drunk and he later informed Parkguard he was a manager. There was no relevance to the statement that police officers used the venue.  The police had no confidence that the applicant would meet the licensing objectives. This meeting was being held as he had taken offence to the objection of him being dps.  The applicant fell short of what would be expected of a dps.


In response to questions it was noted that there were crime reports from May 2018, July and August 2018.  The shoe incident was detailed as the July incident on page 19 of the report. The police officer reported that he had been given delegation from the Commissioner of Police via the Borough Commander.  A copy of the delegated authority was passed to the Licensing Sub-Committee. Information about an incident in February 2019 was received from a resident in an out of hours call. There had been numerous incidents from the anti-social behaviour team and licensing team and reports could be produced. 


The applicant stated that he had asked to see the delegated authority which allowed the Police officer to make the objection but had not seen anything before this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.


Culinary Lab, Unit 3, 156 Old Street, EC1V 9BW - New premises licence application pdf icon PDF 4 MB


The Sub-Committee noted that this item had been withdrawn from the agenda as conditions had been agreed with the responsible authorities.