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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor G Cutting and seconded by Councillor R Standley that Councillor J Jones be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
RESOLVED – that Councillor J Jones be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
Minutes – 2 June 2016
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
2 June 2016 – ‘To Follow’.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 June 2016 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced. The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer advised that the application was for a personal licence where there was a relevant conviction as detailed in paragraph 2.3 of the report submitted.
Members were advised that due to the applicant’s imprisonment her conviction would not be spent until March 2017. The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer advised that the application would have been automatically granted after March 2017 as the conviction would have been spent and therefore no longer relevant to the application.
The Sub–Committee was advised that the police objection related to the prevention of crime and disorder and it was for the police to provide evidence that this licensing objective would be undermined if Members approved the application.
The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer advised that refusing the application would mean that the applicant could still work in licensed premises but could not be named as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).
Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary detailed the full nature of the applicant’s offence and subsequent conviction. They referred to a section of the crime report that had been circulated to all parties. Members were advised that there was a well-established link between drug use and licensed premises and such links could quickly escalate and cause further drug use.
The police stated that the applicant had denied any wrong doing and this demonstrated the applicant’s lack of responsibility. She had been convicted at court and her involvement should be considered as fact. The Sub–Committee should consider whether the applicant’s apparent lack of willingness to take responsibility for her actions would cause Members to question her honesty and integrity.
The police concluded that the applicant appeared to be blind to the risks posed by the presence of controlled drugs. Members were advised that the Metropolitan Police operation in Hertfordshire had resulted in the seizure of 2.54 kg of cocaine with a street value of £114,000.
The applicant referred to her statements in support of her application. She acknowledged her involvement in the events that had resulted in her conviction. She stated that she was employed by Yardley Inns Limited and had 3 children between the ages of 19 and 26. She referred to the unfortunate incident that led to her involvement and subsequent conviction.
The applicant advised that in order to further her career she was seeking promotion beyond her current general management role. She stated that the premises were a quiet village inn in a country lane and she was now more aware of what to look out for as regards suspicious activity.
Councillor G Cutting questioned the applicant as to how her circumstances had changed in terms of how well equipped she was to deal with anyone she suspected of illegal activity. The applicant stated that she was now more wary, aware and vigilant and she would ask anyone she suspected of acting illegally to leave the pub. She had also warned her children.
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