Agenda and draft minutes
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Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
RESOLVED: That the items on Part II of the agenda should be taken in private, as proposed, due to the likely disclosure of exempt information.
The Chairman requested that all those participating in the hearing identified themselves as follows:
Councillor Mrs Springett – Committee Chairman
Councillor Newton – Committee Member
Councillor Mrs Robertson – Committee Member
Mr Robin Harris – Legal Advisor
Mrs Lorraine Neale – Senior Licensing Officer
Mrs Caroline Matthews – Democratic Services Officer
Mr Ferhat Ok – Applicant
Mr Bulent Ok – Witness and Representative
Mr Oliver Jewell – Kent County Council Trading Standards
PC Neil Barnes – Kent Police
The Chairman asked all parties to confirm that they were aware of the hearing procedure and that each had a copy of the procedure document.
The Committee Members confirmed that they had pre-read all the papers and any other documents contained in the report regarding the hearing.
The Legal Advisor outlined the application and advised that an application for a review of the premises licence had been brought by Mr Jewell on behalf of Kent County Council Trading Standards in respect of the premises Capitol Express, 11 Snowden Parade, Vinters Park, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5NS.
The Members of the Committee were advised that during the consultation period representations were received from Police in support of the review application made by Kent County Council Trading Standards.
The Chairman invited the applicant, Mr Jewell on behalf of Trading Standards to provide his opening remarks. Mr Jewell detailed the incidences that had led up to the request for a review of the premises licence which included:
The premises licence was reviewed by Trading
Standards in 2013 following a failed test purchase where Mr B Ok
had sold alcohol and cigarettes to minors.
In March 2015 complaints were made to Trading
Standards about the possibility of counterfeit spirits being on
sale in the premises.
In June 2015 a member of the public reported that
Capitol Express was known to local children that they sold alcohol
and tobacco to minors who would be instructed to wait out the back
to receive their purchases.
In February 2017 there were complaints of
anti-social behaviour in the Snowden Parade area which the
residents had attributed to young people drinking alcohol having
purchased it at Capitol Express.
PC Barnes and himself attended the premises soon
after and spoke to Mr F Ok. Photographs
were taken of the refusals book and training records. Photographs were also taken around the store to
show that Challenge 25 posters were no longer on display.
A follow up visit was made by Trading Standards and ... view the full minutes text for item 37.
Exclusion of the Public and the Press
RESOLVED: That the press and the public be excluded from the meeting due to the possible disclosure of exempt information.
Licensing Act 2003 - Application for a Revocation of a Personal Licence
The Sub-Committee heard from the Senior Licensing Officer, Lorraine Neale relating to the evidence as set out in the exempt Appendix of the Committee papers.
The Sub-Committee revoked the personal licence.
Duration of Meeting
10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.