Agenda and minutes

Licensing (General) Sub-Committee
Thursday, 14th February, 2013 9.30 am

Venue: Conference Room 3 - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Sharon Pearson, Democratic Support Officer  023 8083 4597

Items
No. Item

6.

Apologies And Changes In Membership (If Any)

To note any changes in the membership of the Sub-Committee made in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.3.

 

Minutes:

 

The Sub-Committee noted that apologies had been received from Councillor Parnell.

 

 

7.

Minutes Of The Previous Meeting (Including Matters Arising) pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To approve and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 29th November 2012 and to deal with any matters arising, attached.

 

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting held on 29th November 2012 be signed as a correct record.  (Copy of the minutes circulated with the agenda and appended to the signed minutes).

 

8.

Exclusion Of The Press And Public

 

Chair to move that in accordance with the Council's Constitution, specifically the Access to Information Procedure Rules contained within the Constitution, the press and public be excluded from the meeting in respect of item 6 based on Categories 1 and 2 of paragraph 10.4 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules.


The information contained therein is potentially exempt as it relates to individual personal details and information held under the Data Protection Act 1998. Having applied the public interest test it is not appropriate to disclose this information as the individuals' legal expectation of privacy outweighs the public interest in the exempt information.

 

 

At a predetermined point during the consideration of all items the Sub-Committee may move into private session in order to receive legal advice when determining issues. The press and the public, unless otherwise excluded by Category 4 of paragraph 10.4 of the Council's Access to Information Procedure Rules, will be invited to return immediately following that private session at which time the matter will be determined and the decision of the Sub-Committee will be announced.

 

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED that in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, specifically the Access to Information Procedure Rules contained within the Constitution, the press and public be excluded from the meeting in respect of Item 6 based on Categories 1 and 2 of paragraph 10.4 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules and be invited to return immediately following private session at which time the matter be determined and the decision of the Panel be announced.

 

9.

Application For Variation of a Sex Shop Licence

 

Report of the Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services detailing an application for variation of a sex shop licence in respect of 90 Howard Road, Southampton, SO15 5BH, attached.

 

Minutes:

 

The Sub-Committee considered the confidential report of the Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services regarding an application for variation of a sex shop licence.  (Copy of report circulated with the agenda and appended to signed minutes).

 

The applicants were present and with the consent of the Chair addressed the meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the application to vary the sex shop licence as presented, be granted in part, subject to the following restrictions/amendments:-

 

  i.  change the condition to permit the applicant’s son to be employed at premises – Approved in part. Condition 28 to be altered to require a  nominated person, to be approved by the Licensing Manager (if other than the applicant) with no relevant convictions,  to be on the premises at all times that the son is on the premises, to ensure that the son was supervised at all times;

  ii.  open on Bank Holidays excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday – Approved in part – A condition will be imposed prohibiting the premises from opening on Good Friday, Christmas Day and every Sunday;  and

  iii.  change the colour of the shop front to corporation green with cream letters and to display a corporation green coloured open sign measuring 12 x 24 inches – Approved subject to all changes being approved by the Licensing Manager.

 

In implementing the above decision, the Licensing (General) Sub Committee delegated authority to the Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services to approve conditions and amend the existing conditions to achieve the above.

 

REASONS

 

The Sub-Committee noted the concerns relating to the applicant’s son’s past convictions and actions/behaviour.  However, it was noted that there had been no similar offences since this time and it was felt that the changes to conditions 28 and 29 would be sufficient to ensure that the son was supervised at all times (either by the applicant or another nominated person).

There was concern that traders might call at the premises at any time and that without supervision and in light of the relevant previous convictions the son was not an appropriate person to be left in sole charge of the premises.

 

With regard to closing, the Sub-Committee saw no reason to restrict opening on public holidays generally but was satisfied that it remained appropriate that trading be prohibited on certain days including Sundays.

 

The proposed new colour scheme was considered in principle to be appropriate, albeit that the Sub-Committee could not see an example of the proposed colour and accordingly delegated authority to the Licensing Manager to approve the same.

 

In making its decision the Sub-Committee paid careful attention to the impact of the proposed changes and the effect on the locality.  In this respect it was stressed that the decision did not set a precedent that showed a careful consideration of the application on its own merits and the premises in its surrounding area.