Agenda and minutes

Licensing Hearing Panel - Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9.30am

Venue: Meeting Room 2 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR. View directions

Contact: Ellen Wright, Democratic Services Officer 

No. Item


Election of the Chairman

The panel is requested to elect a Chairman for the hearing in line with rules agreed by the Licensing and Safety Committee. 


The Panel agreed to appoint Councillor Mrs Chambers as Chairman. 


Record of the meeting

To agree that the Chairman, after consultation with the other members of the panel, sign the record of this meeting outside the meeting. 


The Panel agreed that the Chairman, after consultation with the other members of the Panel, sign the record of the meeting outside the meeting. 


To receive apologies for absence


There were none. 


Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 


There were none. 


Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests

A member need only disclose at any meeting the existence of a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) in a matter to be considered at that meeting if that DPI has not been entered on the disclosable pecuniary interests register maintained by the Monitoring Officer.


A member disclosing a DPI at a meeting must thereafter notify the Monitoring Officer in writing of that interest within 28 days from the date of disclosure at the meeting.


A member may not participate in a discussion of or vote on any matter in which he or she has a DPI (both those already registered and those disclosed at the meeting) and must withdraw from the room during such discussion/vote.


Members may choose to voluntarily disclose a DPI at a meeting even if it is registered on the council’s register of disclosable pecuniary interests but there is no legal requirement to do so.


Members should also ensure they disclose any other interests which may give rise to a conflict under the council’s code of conduct.


In line with the training provided to members by the Monitoring Officer members will also need to consider bias and pre-determination in certain circumstances and whether they have a conflict of interest or should otherwise leave the room for Code reasons. 


Disclosable pecuniary interests


There were none.


Other interests


There were none.


Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 112 KB

It is recommended that the panel exclude the press and public from the meeting during the decision-making process for the reasons set out in the report. 




That the press and public are excluded from the meeting during consideration of agenda item 7 because consideration of this matter in public would disclose information falling within paragraphs 1, 5 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as specified in agenda item 6 and the Panel considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information. 


Chatham Food and Wine, 28 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EP

Consideration of an application for a summary review of the premises licence.  




The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer informed the Panel that in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, Kent Police had applied for a Summary Review of the premises licence at Chatham Food and Wine, 28 High Street, Chatham as the premises had been associated with serious crime and disorder.


She explained that the Licensing Act 2003 (Sections 53A and 53C) required expedited premises licences to be considered within 48 hours and she confirmed that a Licensing Hearing Panel had been held on 24 July 2015 to consider interim steps pending this full hearing. A copy of the decision of the Licensing Hearing Panel was attached to the agenda at Appendix C.


Kent Police presented their case in respect of Chatham Food and Wine, 28 High Street, Chatham and the Panel and the Designated Premises Supervisor questioned them on the matters raised. The Designated Premises Supervisor then stated his case and was questioned by the Panel.


Both parties to the hearing presented their closing remarks before leaving the room. The Panel considered  the matter taking into account all written representations and those made at the hearing.




The Panel, in the light of the evidence presented and the answers to questioning agreed to revoke the Premises Licence at Chatham Food and Wine with immediate effect.