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Agenda and minutes

Venue: To be held at the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

Contact: Harry Clarke, Democratic Services  Email: harry.clarke@sheffield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

1.1

No apologies for absence were received.  Councillor Andy Bainbridge attended the meeting as a reserve Member, but was not required to stay.

 

2.

Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

Minutes:

2.1

No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

Minutes:

3.1

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4.

Licensing Act 2003 - Shop Local, 166 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FH

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer

Minutes:

4.1

The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report to consider an application made by South Yorkshire Police under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003, for a review of a Premises Licence in respect of Shop Local, 166 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FH.

 

 

4.2

Present at the meeting were Cheryl Topham (South Yorkshire Police, Applicant), Robert Clark (Counsel for the Applicant), Sarfraz Bhatti (Premises Licence Holder/Designated Premises Supervisor (PLH/DPS)), Patrick Robson and Paul Henocq (John Gaunt and Partners, Solicitors, on behalf of the PLH/DPS), Julie Hague (Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB)), Sarah Bevan (Complainant), Clive Stephenson (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer), Marie-Claire Frankie (Solicitor to the Sub-Committee) and John Turner (Democratic Services).

 

 

4.3

Marie-Claire Frankie outlined the procedure which would be followed during the hearing.

 

 

4.4

Clive Stephenson presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that representations had been received from the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board and a member of the public, and were attached at Appendix ‘B’ to the report.

 

 

4.5

Robert Clark stated that there had been a long history of complaints and breaches of conditions in connection with the operation of the premises, both before and after Mr Bhatti had become PLH/DPS.  This had included a number of failed test purchases, which equated to around 46% of the total number undertaken at the premises since Mr Bhatti was in position.  Mr Clark made reference to the extensive work undertaken by the SSCB, in terms of engagement with Mr Bhatti, which had included the offer of free safeguarding training for Mr Bhatti and his staff, and advice in terms of the implementation of an age verification scheme and the use of a refusals log.  He also referred to the non-compliance with the condition regarding CCTV at the premises, the recent hospitalisation of a young person, due to the effects of alcohol purchased from the shop, together with the failed test purchase on 8th December 2016, which had highlighted that the licensing objectives were clearly not being met, such events having  culminated in the police submitting the application for the review.  Mr Clark stated that it was apparent, in the light of the failed test purchases and complaints received, referring mainly to underage sales, and the extensive work of the SSCB, in conjunction with the police, less onerous interventions had obviously failed, and that the only reasonable course of action now would be to revoke the Premises Licence.

 

 

4.6

In response to questions from Members of, and the Solicitor to, the Sub-Committee, it was stated that it was clear that action was taken, either by the SSCB or the police, following each complaint made against the premises, comprising either a test purchase or a visit to the premises.  It was accepted that a number of the test purchases were passed, and that following all the engagement undertaken with Mr Bhatti, the application for the review had been made as a last resort.  A responsible authority would only start the review process if the percentage of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.