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Election of Chair
To appoint a Chair for the meeting.
Councillor Walford was elected Chair.
Welcome and Introductions
Those present to introduce themselves and the Chair to outline the procedure for the meeting.
Those present introduced themselves and the Chair outlined the procedure to be followed for the meeting.
Declarations of Interest
To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.
There were no declarations of interest.
For members to consider an application to review an existing Premises Licence in respect of Wellington Store, 24-26A Wellington Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RD.
Licensing Officer’s Report
The City Centre Improvement Officer presented a report inviting members to consider an application from Gloucestershire Constabulary to review an existing Premises Licence in respect of Wellington Store, 24-26A Wellington Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RD.
Report of Gloucestershire Constabulary
Counsel representing Gloucestershire Constabulary presented a report detailing the application made by Gloucestershire Constabulary for a review of the Wellington Store’s premises licence.
Counsel representing Gloucestershire Constabulary stated that the review hearing was being held under section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003.
She stated that the application to review the licence of the premise had been made on behalf of the Responsible Authority (the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary). She stated that a revocation of the licence was being sought. She added that the review notice was served to the Designates Premises Supervisor (“DPS”) on the 12th February 2021.
She said that the application for a review concerned the Wellington Store which was a corner shop in a residential area that sold alcohol.
She said that the current licence was issued on the 16th July 2014. She stated that the licence permitted the sale of alcohol everyday between the hours of 6am and 11am. She stated that a copy of the premises licence was contained in the agenda pack.
Counsel representing Gloucestershire Constabulary stated that the shop was one of the closest to Gloucester Park. She stated that due to the high levels of Anti-Social behavior within the area, when the licence was initially granted for the property, a restriction on the sale of high percentage alcoholic ciders and beers was placed on it.
She stated that the application for a review and revocation of the licence was made on the basis that two licensing objectives had been undermined. They were:
1) The Prevention of Crime and Disorder;
2) Protection of Children from Harm.
She stated that the grounds for the review were set out in the report pack and that it was alleged that:
1) There had been two occasions where a 16 year old purchased alcohol as part of a test purchase in 2017 and 2019;
2) There had been a further incident where a vulnerable male (aged 17) had purchased alcohol in 2020. This came to attention to the Police as Social Services had contacted the Police to inform them of this;
3) There had been multiple breaches where alcohol above 7.4% had been sold to customers, which breached the condition of the licence;
4) On the 7th November 2020, PC Hammond carried out a licensing check, where the following recommendations on the licence had not been met;
a) There was no incident recording book;
b) There was no refusal recording book;
c) No Part B of the premises licence was on display;
d) There was no staff training log book;
5) There had been an allegation that stolen goods had been handled by the Licence Holder’s husband in January 2021, details of which were outlined within the report.
She stated that in ... view the full minutes text for item 4.