Agenda and minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, Elizabeth House, Dereham

Contact: Democratic Services  Tel: 01362 656870

Items
No. Item

12.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence. 

Minutes:

None.

13.

Declaration of Interests

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

None.

14.

Procedures pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

Noted.

15.

Licensing Act 2003 - Review of Premises Licence at Thetford Food Centre, 1 King Street, Thetford pdf icon PDF 12 MB

Report of the Executive Manager People & Protection, Phil Adams.

 

Minutes:

The Hearing was conducted in accordance with the procedure as set out in the Agenda.

 

The following persons were in attendance:

 

Applicant’s:

 

Vicky Conlon – Norfolk Trading Standards

Leona Page – Norfolk Trading Standards

 

Premises Licence Holder

 

Mr Shahab Mirzah

 

Premises Licence Holder Representative

 

Mr Noel Samaroo

Decision

That having considered all the written and verbal evidence presented by all parties and having given consideration to the Licensing Act 2003 (in particular Section 144) and its Regulations made under it, the guidance issued under Section 182, including paragraphs 11.24 – 11.28 and the Licensing Authority’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Premises Licence be suspended for a period of 3 months.

Reasons for Decision

The Panel took account of the evidence before it, provided with the agenda.

The Premises Licence Holder/Designated Premises Supervisor did not dispute that criminal activity had taken place at the premises. The keeping or allowing to be kept smuggled goods is to be treated particularly seriously and the Section 182 guidance indicates that revocation should be seriously considered even in the first instance. The quantity of illegal tobacco products amounted to 8400 with a legitimate street price value of approximately £4032. This was described by Trading Standards as being of a commercial quantity. 

 

The Panel noted that there were also failures to comply with conditions of the licence namely, CCTV cameras – training and signage; intruder alarm, panic button and age verification signage. The Premises Licence Holder has addressed some of these issues and assurances have been given that the remaining items will be addressed in due course. There was also concern about the failure to ensure that the fire exit was not blocked at any time.

 

The Panel are concerned about the confidence in the management of these premises particularly employing Mr Sherif on a managerial role at a time when the Designated Premises Supervisor was not in the Country.

 

The Panel also took into account that apart from Trading Standards visit on 29th September 2016 when a quantity of illegal tobacco products were found, they have on previous occasions visited the premises without incident.

 

In order to promote the Licensing objectives and for the reasons outlined above the decision was taken to suspend the Premises Licence for a period of 3 months.

16.

Additional Information pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Minutes:

Noted.