Venue: Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone
Contact: Caroline Matthews 01622 602743
Apologies for Absence
It was noted that apologies for absence were received from Councillor McLoughlin.
Notification of Substitute Members
It was noted that Councillor Springett was present as a Substitute for Councillor McLoughlin.
Election of Chairman
RESOLVED: That Councillor Mrs Grigg be elected Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
The Chairman referred to the items already circulated to the Sub-Committee and stated that these would be taken as urgent updates and would form part of the evidence for the hearing.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by Members or Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
The Legal Officer advised the Sub-Committee that both the Police and the Legal Representative for the Applicant had requested that Agenda Item 9 be taken in private due to the sensitive nature of the live criminal investigation by the Police.
RESOLVED: That Agenda Item 9 be taken in private due to the sensitive nature of the live criminal investigation by the Police which may prejudice the case if sensitive information were to be disclosed in the public domain.
EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC AND PRESS FROM THE MEETING
RESOLVED: That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business because of the likely disclosure of exempt information for the reason specified, having applied the public interest test:-
Head of Schedule 12 A and
RESOLVED: That the public and the press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business because of the likely disclosure of exempt information for the reason specified having applied the Public Interest Test:
The meeting commenced at 2.05 p.m.
The Chairman requested that all those participating in the hearing identified themselves as follows:-
Councillor Mrs Susan Grigg – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Val Springett – Committee Member
Councillor Mrs Denise Joy – Committee Member
Robin Harris – Legal Officer
Lorraine Neale – Senior Licensing Officer
Caroline Matthews – Democratic Services Officer
For the Applicant –
PC James Williams – Kent Police
PSE Ellen Shaw – Kent Police
For the Licence Holder –
Leo Charalambides – Legal Representative
Luke Elford – Century Buildings (Rochester) Limited
Witnesses and legal representatives in support of the licence holder –
Mr David Fuller
Mr Trevor Modell
Miss Carla Helyar
The Chairman asked all parties to confirm that they were aware of the hearing procedure.
The Committee Members confirmed that they had pre-read all the agenda papers and any other documents regarding the hearing.
The Legal Officer advised that the Kent Police and the Applicant had agreed to modify the conditions and therefore the Legal Advisor for the Licence Holder would read out the conditions agreed:-
1. The Premises Licence Holder will install and maintain a knife arch/metal detecting arch at the customer entrance to the Premises. All customers entering or re-entering the Premises shall pass through the knife arch/metal detecting arch and be searched in accordance with the Premises’ search policy.
2. The Premises Licence Holder shall ensure that all performers and their pre-registered entourages attending the Premises are searched with a metal detecting wand and follow-up searches conducted in accordance with the Premises’ search policy.
3. The Licence holder shall erect and maintain clear and prominent notices on the exterior of their premises advising patrons that those attending:
a. It is a condition of entry that customers agree to be searched;
b. Police will be informed if anyone is found in possession of controlled substances or weapons
4. Door supervisors will undertake body searches, at least one male and one female door supervisor must be available to undertake the body searches of the same customer gender before gaining entry to the premises.
5. Door Supervisors shall be responsible for the lawful searching and / or exclusion of those suspected of carrying illegal drugs, offensive weapons who attempt to gain entry into the premises.
6. There will be a door control policy that outlines clear instruction and understanding of the door supervisor’s responsibilities at the premises. This policy will contain:
a. How door staff prevent overcrowding
b. Supervise the queue to ensure that it is managed in a way that avoids rowdy, unpleasant behaviour and to keep customers quiet as to not disturb neighbours in the vicinity
c. A procedure for door staff engaged in searching persons as a condition of entry
d. To ensure the dispersal of patrons from the curtilage and grounds of the licensed premise immediately after the end of licensable activities
e. Prevent patrons from leaving the premises with open containers and bottles
f. To provide evidence by written statement to police in any criminal ... view the full minutes text for item 9.