Agenda and minutes

Virtual, Licensing Hearing Panel - Thursday, 10th September, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Contact: Andrea Tomlinson  0161 253 5133

Note: Virtual 

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LHP.1

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Licensing Hearings Panel are asked to consider whether they have an interest in any matter on the agenda, and, if so, to formally declare that interest.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.

LHP.2

AN APPLICATION FROM AN INTERESTED PARTY FOR A REVIEW OF THE PREMISES LICENCE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003 IN RESPECT OF THE GOATS GATE INN, RADCLIFFE NEW ROAD, WHITEFIELD, M45 7QZ pdf icon PDF 5 MB

A report from the Assistant Director (Legal and Democratic Services) is attached

Minutes:

 

 

 

Prior to the Hearing the Authority received an Application to review a Premises Licence pursuant to section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003 from an Interested Party for a in respect of Goats Gate Inn, Radcliffe New Road, Whitefield, M45 7QZ.

 

The Application was as detailed in the report which was presented to the Members of the Panel by the Licensing Unit Manager, which explained that a Premises Licence is held by Joseph Holt Ltd, The Brewery, Empire Street, Manchester, M3 1JD. Ms Valerie Watt is the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

 

The applicant, Mr Postlethwaite presented the Panel with evidence relating to 28 separate incidents that had occurred at the licenced premises since November 2017 including urinating in public, drug taking, fighting and general rowdiness. Video evidence of anti-social behaviour was also submitted and shown at the meeting. Mr Postlethwaite explained that the family had moved into their current home in 2014 and had not experienced any issues with the premises until 2017.

 

The applicant explained that he had attempted to resolve the issues by making contact with the DPS, the Pubs Director and the Chief Executive of Joseph Holt Ltd but had felt that his concerns were not being listened to and not being taken seriously.

 

Those present were invited to ask questions of the applicant.

 

Mr Horne, Solicitor representing Joseph Holt Ltd stated that this was the first time that Joseph Holt Ltd had had a review of any of their 127 licences since the law changed in 2005 and as such may have caught them off guard.

 

Mr Horne explained that Joseph Holt had submitted a draft operating schedule containing 21 conditions that they would be happy to have attached to the licence.

 

Mr Horne called Mr Darrell Butterworth as a witness and explained that he had been employed as an independent consultant to carry out anonymous visits to the premises.

 

Mr Butterworth reported that he had visited on 3 occasions and on each occasion there had been no incidences of drug taking or public urination. Mr Butterworth had stayed at the premises as they were closing for the evening and had had seen nothing to raise concerns in relation to ASB as the patrons dispersed.

 

Mr Horne called Mr Norbury, Pubs Director at Joseph Holt Ltd as a witness.

 

Mr Norbury explained that he was keen to work with Mr & Mrs Postlethwaite to ensure that the complaints and issues they had raised had been recorded and that  actions would be carried out and had been carried out to address the issues raised. Mr Norbury apologised to Mr & Mrs Postlethwaite if they had felt that he was not taking their complaints seriously.

 

Those present were given the opportunity to ask questions of Mr Horne and the witnesses.

 

Councillor Caserta, Ward Councillor for Pilkington Park addressed the Panel. Councillor Caserta explained that he had visited the premises on a number of occasions and was familiar with it as it was also used as a polling station during  ...  view the full minutes text for item LHP.2