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Election of Chairman
Councillor M Saunders proposed, Councillor Scobie seconded and Members agreed that Councillor Moore be the Chairman.
Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence.
To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest advice attached to this Agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete the Declaration of Interest Form
There were no declarations of interest.
Officers: Penny Button, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods
PC Carter, Kent Police
Licence Holder: Mr Sinnathurai
Licence Holder’s representative: Ms Clover
The Head of Safer Neighbourhoods introduced the report.
Kent Police addressed the Sub-Committee.
The Licence Holder’s representative addressed the Sub-Committee.
Members asked questions of the Licence Holder.
Further to debate, Members agreed:
The Sub Committee has considered the agenda papers including the application and supporting documentation & representations made by the Police and the DPS Mr Sinnathurai and his representative.
The Sub Committee considered the application in the light of the Licensing Act 2003, the Council’s Licensing policy, Article 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (the right to a fair trial) and the licensing objectives, namely the prevention of crime & disorder & the protection of children.
The Sub Committee considered whether revocation was proportionate. It was noted that there were no written complaints from the public. It was reprehensible to sell alcohol to a child in January 2019 but the Sub Committee noted there is a refusal register which is comprehensive. It is a serious matter to revoke a premises licence, it is property. There were concerns about the evidence produced of minor variation of the licence as there appears to be a discrepancy as to what was agreed about the sale of high strength alcohol.
On the evidence given on this occasion, the Sub Committee did not think it is fair and proportionate to revoke the licence.