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Declarations of Any Interests
Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda.
If you have a pecuniary interest you must withdraw from the meeting. Normally you should leave the room before the business starts to be discussed. You do, however, have the same right to speak as a member of the public and may remain in the room to enable you to exercise that right and then leave immediately. In either case you must not seek to improperly influence a decision on the matter.
There were none.
General procedure points and hearing procedure for the meeting.
The Chair outlined the procedure to be followed at the hearing.
Exclusion of the Public and Press
To consider the exclusion of the press and public for the following items of business on the ground that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public. This is because it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.
By Virtue of Paragraph 1: Information relating to any individual.
Information is exempt to the extent that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed development for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town & Country Planning General Regulations 1992(a).
That the press and public be excluded for the following items of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.
Determination of whether to suspend or revoke a Personal Licence
Report of the Chief Executive attached.
The Chief Executive submitted a report for the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee to inform members that a Personal Licence Holder had been convicted of a relevant offence following the grant of a licence.
The Personal Licence Holder (PLH), PG, was present at the hearing.
The Enforcement Team Leader (Licensing) presented a report advising members that the PLH was granted his licence on 10 April 2007. The PLH is currently a designated premises supervisor.
On 30 September 2022, the licence holder was convicted of an offence of driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the legal limit, contrary to Section 5 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This was a relevant offence under the Licensing Act 2003 by virtue of Schedule 4, Paragraph 14(c). The licence holder had 46 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The prescribed limit is 35 microgrammes.
The report highlighted that Section 127 of the Licensing Act 2003 requires a PLH to notify the licensing authority, as soon as reasonably practicable, of a change of address. The licence holder had failed to comply with this duty.
Section 128 of the Act requires a PLH charged with a relevant offence to produce the licence to the Court. The licence holder had failed to produce to comply with this duty. Section 132 of the Act requires a PLH convicted of a relevant offence to give the Licensing Authority, as soon as reasonable practicable after the conviction, a notice containing details of the nature and date of the conviction and any sentence imposed in respect of it. The licence holder had also failed to comply with this duty.
On 28 March 2023, the licence holder made written representations with regard to the Licensing Authority’s review of the personal licence which included consideration whether to suspend or revoke the licence. The representations were appended to the report.
In conclusion, Mr Howson drew attention to paragraphs 17 and 22 of the report stating that under the Act representations may be made regarding “any other relevant information (including information regarding the licence holder’s personal circumstances)” and that the Authority must take into account “any other information which the Authority considers relevant”.
The licence holder was then invited to address the Committee in accordance with the procedure.
The licence holder (PG) stated that although he had first obtained his personal licence in 2007, he had worked abroad and had not made use of it for over ten years, until around 2019 having returned to the UK and confirming with licensing officers that the licence was still valid. He admitted at that stage he had failed to update his address on the licence. He stated that this was a genuine error, however, he confirmed that he was now aware of the requirement.
With regard to his drink driving conviction, PG explained the circumstances which gave rise to the offence. PG acknowledged that it was the wrong decision to drive to the premises and regretted it.
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