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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Pittville Room - Municipal Offices

Contact: Sophie McGough, Democracy Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 27th February 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on the 27th February were signed as a correct record.

4.

Application for a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Officer introduced the report he explained that an application for a SEV licence had been received from Mr Massimo Salatino in respect of the premises located at 12-14 Bath Road, Cheltenham. Outlined in the appendices of the report were a copy of the application, a copy of the premises layout, a location map and a map of Cheltenham’s central shopping area. The Licensing Officer reminded the sub-committee that in determining the application they must have due regard to any observations made by the Chief Officer of the Police and any other comments received. He confirmed that no objections had been received from the Chief Officer of Police, however, a number of conditions proposed by the police were agreed by the applicant and these were outlined in Appendix E of the Officer’s report.  He explained that a number of other objections had been received and these were outlined in the background documents a summary of the objections had also been included at section 3.7 of the report.

The Licensing Officer explained that relevant sections from the Council’s adopted policy in relation to the regulation and control of SEV’s had been outlined in section 4.4 of the report and that the discretionary grounds for refusal were highlighted in section 4.6 of the report. He reminded the sub-committee that the Council’s policy must not fetter the committee’s discretion to consider the individual circumstances of the application but if they were minded deviate from its policy they must have clear reasoning for doing so.  He confirmed that the committee granted a SEV licence for the establishment in question in May 2017, however, as the applicant at the time is no longer the legal occupier of the venue a new application was required. The Licensing Officer also drew Members attention to section 7.8 of the report and the need for the sub-committee to have regard to the Council’s Public Sector Equality Duty.

Having considered all the relevant matters the Licensing Officer reminded the subcommittee that they could:

 

·           Grant the application as applied for;

·           Grant the application subject to any conditions as the subcommittee sees fit or;

·           Refuse the application.

 

The Members proceeded to ask the Licensing Officer a series of questions.

 

 The Licensing Officer confirmed that with regards to discretionary grounds for refusal they were limited to those outlined in  section 4.6 of the report. If however they felt there was a safeguarding issue for example this would be a relative consideration.  In response to Members concerns over the state of the building, the Licensing Officer reminded the subcommittee that they must determine the applications as it stands today and should they have concerns regarding the safety of the building their decision must be determined on that basis. The Licensing Officer confirmed that an application had been granted in both March 2016 and May 2017 subject to repair works being carried out on the building. Following questioning, the Licensing Officer confirmed that he had not seen any fire safety reports or reports from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.