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Apologies of absence were received from Councillor Frances Stainton.
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At the Chair’s request, all parties present introduced themselves. The Chair then explained the procedure for the hearing and invited the Licensing Officer to introduce the application.
Cristina Perez- Trillo, Licensing Officer introduced the review application, explaining that PC Kris Cardwell of the Metropolitan Police had made an application for a review of the premises on 20 September.
PC Kris Cardwell was concerned with the management of the premises and recommended that conditions be imposed on the premise licence. He also recommended that the licence be suspended for a period of one month to allow the licence holder to implement these conditions.
Representations in support of the application to review the premises had been made by the Licensing Officer, Macfarlane Road Residents Association and two residents. A further representation was also received from the Trading Standards Officer, who had recommended three conditions to be attached to the premises licence. Ms Perez-Trillo also noted that the premises were situated within the Shepherds Bush Cumulative Impact Area.
PC Kris Cardwell explained that the review was made as the police strongly felt that the premises were not operating in a sufficient manner to promote the four licensing objectives, specifically the prevention of crime and disorder. Complaints of anti-social behaviour occurring in the immediate vicinity caused by street drinkers associated with the premises had been received. This behaviour included, shouting, swearing, spitting, and urinating on the street.
In March 2018 the Police attended the premises and explained the issues to Mr Singh who was the husband of the licence holder and the Designated Licence Supervisor. Mr. Singh agreed to remove some of the higher strength beers to the police recommendations. On 9 May 2018, Police received a further complaint from a local resident reporting that the premises frequently had people drinking and urinating in the street. The complainant stated that they believed these street drinkers were attending Pick N Save and referred to Pick N save as continuing to sell alcohol for consumption in the street.
Following a meeting held with Mr Singh in June, the Police requested certain conditions be placed on the current premises licence to specifically target street drinkers attending the premises, however Mr Singh failed to cooperate and adhere to these conditions. Furthermore, Mr Singh stated that he was losing £6000 a week in sales as a result of not selling high strength beers, larger and cider. The Police believed this was a clear indication of the amount of high strength alcohol that was being sold from the premises.
PC Cardwell highlighted that It was essential for the proposed conditions to be placed on the current premises licence so that the premises could be monitored closely, ensuring that the licensing objectives were being met. Furthermore, he advised that Mr Singh be removed as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) and recommended that Ms Sethi was not considered as an alternative DPS due to her lack of understanding on promoting the four licensing objectives.
PC Paul Davies, Dedicated Ward Officer for Shepherds ... view the full minutes text for item 3.