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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING
Councillor Nicholas Bennett was appointed as Chairman.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest
Licence holder’s request for adjournment:
The current licence holder requested a 6-week adjournment in order to allow time for preparation. He had assumed that the new licence holder (Elsa Retail Limited) would be present, but on Monday his solicitor had told him that the transfer of the licence had not been valid because of the review application.
Following a brief adjournment, the committee members returned and the Chairman announced that the request for an adjournment was denied and the hearing would proceed. Adequate notice of the hearing had been given. The new licence holder ought to have been aware.
The Applicant provided the following chronology:
Following an underage sale, the licence was reviewed on 22 June 2022 when it was suspended for one month and an additional condition imposed that a personal licence holder be present at all times. There was a ‘Challenge 25’ sale on 21 September 2022, when no ID was requested, and on 14 February 2023 an underage sale was made. At an inspection visit on 16 February 2023 several licence breaches were identified. After the licence was transferred, a challenge 25 test in April 2023 was passed as the customer was asked for ID.
Licence holder’s case:
The Licence holder said there was nothing he could say. He admitted his guilt, which is why he had applied to transfer the licence.
Questions to the licence holder:
The Chairman asked what actions had been after the previous suspension. The licence holder replied that a till prompt had been added. The WKD bottle sold to the minor did not have a bar code, so did not prompt.
In response to questions concerning the presence of a personal licence holder, Mr Tasyurdu explained that his son, who had a licence, had been present at the inspection on 16 February 2023. Ismail Akkiz also had a personal licence and had worked on 14 February 2023. Mr Akkiz was not present when the underage sale was made, so must have gone to the cash and carry. Ata Bulent was in charge in his absence, but he did not have a personal licence. He had been trained and authorised to train others, but had been in the toilet when the sale had been made.
Licensing Officer’s case:
The licensing authority supported the request for revocation based on the previous history of events. Mr Slaney emphasised that support that had been provided but there had been a lack of engagement by the business.
Questions to the Licensing Officer:
There were none. The licence holder said the points made were valid. It was right that he had failed to supervise.
Final comments from licence holder:
He stated he was very sorry and that if Members were going to punish someone, it should be him. He would be grateful if the licence were only suspended for a few months.
Summary of decision:
Following an adjournment, Members returned and the Chairman announced the licence would be revoked.
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