Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday 16th December, 2022 1.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room, Swanspool House, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 1BP

Contact: Carol Mundy 

No. Item


Election of Chair for this sub-committee


It was proposed by Councillor Bone and seconded by Councillor Tubbs that Councillor Ekins be appointed as Chair for this sub-committee.


Resolved to note that Councillor Ekins be elected as Chair.


Apologies for absence


Resolved to note that there were no apologies.


Members' Declarations of Interest


The chair invited members to make a declaration if they wished to do so.


Resolved to note that no declarations were made.


To consider the exclusion of the press and public *


It was proposed by Councillor Bone and seconded by Councillor Tubbs that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the following item in accordance with Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972.


On being put to the vote this was declared carried.


Resolved that the press and public be excluded from the sub-committee. 


To consider an application for a review of a premises licence

Presented By: Amanda Wilcox


The circulated report of the Assistant Director of Regulatory Services was received in relation to a request for a review by Northamptonshire Police of a premises licence located in Wellingborough.


A previous hearing had been adjourned as the licence holder had been unavailable to attend.


The Interim Environmental Health Manager presented her report to committee.


On 12 October 2022, the Police had made a request for a review to take place in relation to a premises licence following the sale of age restricted products, including alcohol, to minors.  This was further detailed in a copy of the application appended to the report.


The police had received intelligence to suggest that sales of alcohol and vapes were taking place from the premises, both of which are age restricted products. Visits and test purchases had taken place on two occasions.  On one occasion a 15-year-old child had been sold alcohol and a vape.  On the second a 14-year-old child had been sold a vape.


The sub-committee needed to decide as to whether the licensing objectives, as prescribed by Section 4(2) of the Act are being met of:


·         The prevention of crime and disorder;

·         The protection of children from harm.


The Police had submitted a further letter dated 9 December that was circulated to the sub-committee. 


The chair thanked Mrs Wilcox for her report and asked if anyone present had any questions.   None were raised.


The chair invited PC Bryan to address the meeting.


PC Bryan explained the detail of the findings of the Police including the work undertaken with trading standards and the test purchases.  The Police had visited the premises and found the premises licence holder and DPS had not been present when the incident happened.  The licence holder had been informed in writing that the visit had taken place.  A further visit to the premises in November had again found that neither the premises licence holder or DPS were present, the member of staff who had previously sold the goods under the test was present and was waring a ‘Challenge 25’ badge, with another poster on display.  Other posters and a refusals book were available along with a refusal button on the till.  The CCTV system was not in working order.  Northamptonshire Police considered that the licensing objectives were not being met.


The chair thanked PC Bryan for his report.


The chair addressed the premises licence holder and his representative Mr Fender and asked if he understood why he was before the sub-committee and the serious nature of the concerns. 


Me Fender spoke on behalf of his client and expressed his client’s desire to put things right and make significant improvements.   He had already put several things in place and was continuing to work on making sure that everything required was correct.   His client accepted that the test purchase had been made. He would ensure that his staff were properly trained and had already enrolled them on a course.


His client was most concerned that his licence could be suspended,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Close of meeting


The chair closed the meeting at 3.15pm.