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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Meeting Room - City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU. View directions

Contact: Lisa Moore 01722 434560 

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the meeting of the Sub Committee.

Minutes:

Nominations for a Chairman of the Licensing Sub Committee were sought and it was

 

Resolved:

 

To elect Councillor Leo Randall as Chairman for this meeting only.

2.

Procedure for the Meeting

The Chairman will explain the attached procedure for the members of the public present.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman explained the procedure to be followed at the hearing, as contained within the “Wiltshire Licensing Committee Procedural Rules for the Hearing of Licensing Act 2003 Applications” (Pages 1 – 6 of the Agenda refers).

3.

Chairman's Announcements

The Chairman will give details of the exits to be used in the event of an emergency.

Minutes:

The Chairman informed the Hearing that Cllr Jeans would be replaced by Cllr Pip Ridout on the Panel, as he was unable to attend. He then gave details of the exits to be used in the event of an emergency.

4.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no interests declared.

5.

Licensing Application

To consider and determine an Application by Trading Standards for a Review of the Premises Licence in respect of The Polish Shop, 62 Winchester Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1HL.  The report of the Public Protection Officer (Licensing) is attached.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Application by Trading Standards for a Review of the Premises Licence in respect of The Polish Shop, 62 Winchester Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1HL.

 

The Licensing Officer introduced the purpose and scope of the application, the premises to which it related and the key issues for consideration.

 

In accordance with the procedure detailed in the agenda, the Applicant, the Responsible Authorities and those who had made a Relevant Representation were given the opportunity to address the Sub Committee.

 

Ian Garrod, Public Protection Officer, provided information of the case as set out in the agenda pack.

 

·       An application for a review of a Premises Licence in respect of The Polish Shop, 62 Winchester  Street, Salisbury, SP1 1HL made by Yvonne Bennett on behalf of Trading Standards, for which no other relevant representations have been received at this time.

 

·       On 4 December 2013 the Premises was visited and advice was given on ensuring English labelling was on food products.

 

·       As a result of intelligence received that illegal tobacco and alcohol products were being sold at the Polish Shop a visit was made to the Premises. This was on 15 July 2014 when a significant quantity of cigarettes and hand rolled tobacco were found on the premises by Trading Standards Officers.  The products were labelled in various languages and were found to be illegal because the packaging did not bear the appropriate health warnings and failed to carry a UK duty paid fiscal mark.

 

·       When spoken to, the Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor, Mrs Malgorzata Gumula claimed that the illegal products were for personal use and were not in her possession for supply. However they were found in the shop premises, underneath the till area and in a store room. Some were also found in her vehicle. The shop also appeared to be under the control of inexperienced staff.

 

·       At the beginning of October 2014 Trading Standards received a complaint alleging that alcohol was being sold at the Polish Shop to persons under the age of 18. As a result of this a Test purchase operation was set up by Trading Standards using a 16 year old volunteer.   A test purchase attempt by the volunteer resulted in a sale of alcohol on 30 October 2014 and a purchase of cigarettes.  The person who sold the tobacco and alcohol to the 16 year old spoke very little English and had insufficient retail experience and training to be left alone on a premises selling alcohol and tobacco products.  A letter was sent to Mrs Gumula notifying her in both English and Polish of the intention of Trading Standards to undertake a test purchase exercise. 

 

 

Key points raised by the Responsible Authority (Yvonne Bennett of Trading Standards) were:

 

Grounds for review A – Prevention of Crime and Disorder

 

·       In March and April 2014, Trading Standards received intelligence that illegal tobacco and alcohol products were being sold at the Polish Shop.

 

·       On 15 July 2014, during a visit to the premises, accompanied by a dog  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

 

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