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Contact: Andrea Tomlinson
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Licensing Hearings Panel are asked to consider whether they have an interest in any of the matters on the agenda and, if so, to formally declare that interest.
No declarations of interest were made in relation to any items considered at the meeting.
A report from the Assistant Director (Localities) is attached
Prior to the hearing the authority received an application by the Chief Constable of GMP in respect of the licensed premises known as Alt House, 1 – 3 Moss Lane, Whitefield, for a summary review of the Premises Licence pursuant to Sections 53A to 53C of the Licensing Act 2003 as amended by section 21 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.
All written representations were contained within the report to Panel.
All documentary evidence comprising the application, report provided with the agenda and representations were served on all parties prior to the hearing.
The Panel heard oral representations from GMP’s representative, Mr Stock. These set out the basis of GMP’s application for summary review of the premises licence, as detailed in their application attached to the report of the Licensing Unit Manager, together with the requisite certificate signed by a senior police officer, regarding a number of incidents at and otherwise connected with the licensed premises, demonstrating serious crime and serious disorder emanating from incidents of serious violence. One of these incidents had resulted in serious injuries to an individual and Mr Stock explained that there was an ongoing risk of further such incidents.
Prior to consideration of the further representations from GMP, Mr Stock made application for part of the representations to be made in private excluding members of the public, save for the representative of the Premises Licence Holder and their partner.
The Panel duly considered the application and passed a resolution excluding members of the public from part of the hearing under regulation 14 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, on the basis that the public interest in doing so outweighed the public interest in the hearing taking place in public, in view of the information to be discussed.
Mr Stock went on to make further more detailed representations about the incidents at the premises.
The Panel asked questions of the representatives during the process.
The Hearing then returned to a public session.
The representative of the Premises Licence Holder made representations.
All parties were given the opportunity to question each other and to sum up their respective cases.
The Panel then duly retired to consider the matter and all of the information provided.
The Members of the Panel were advised by the Legal Officer as to their duties under Section 4 of the Licensing Act 2003 to at all times consider the promotion of the Licensing Objectives, these being:
1) the prevention of crime and disorder
2) public safety
3) the prevention of public nuisance
4) the protection of children from harm
The Members were also advised of their duties in carrying out those functions in relation to:
a) the Council’s published Statement of Licensing Policy
b) the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State as contained in section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.
In addition Members were advised to give appropriate weight to the steps that are appropriate to promote the licensing objectives and the representations presented by all parties.