Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room, First Floor, BCP Civic Centre Annex, St Stephen's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6LL. View directions

Contact: Michelle Cutler Email: michelle.cutler@bcpcouncil.gov.uk Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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91.

Election of Chair

To elect a Chair of this meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor Judes Butt be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

92.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence from Members.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Cllr David Kelsey and Councillor Julie Bagwell, as a reserve member, assumed the role as a Licensing Sub-Committee member, in his absence.

93.

Declarations of Interests

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

94.

Protocol for Public Speaking at Meetings pdf icon PDF 216 KB

A protocol for public speaking at formal ‘in person’ meetings of the Licensing Sub Committee is included with the agenda sheet for this meeting.

 

Minutes:

The Protocol for Public Speaking at Meetings was noted.

95.

Simply Pleasure, 333-335 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8BT pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Mr Timothy Hemming of ABS Holdings has applied for the renewal of the licence to use the premises at 333-335 Holdenhurst Road as a sex establishment to trade for a further twelve-month period.

 

The Licensing Authority has received one objection.

 

This matter is brought before the Licensing Sub Committee for determination.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Present:

 

From BCP Council:

 

Tania Jardim, Licensing Officer

Michelle Cutler, Clerk to the Sub-Committee

Johanne McNamara, Legal Advisor to the Sub-Committee

 

The Chair made introductions and explained the procedure for the hearing which was agreed by all parties.

 

The Licensing Officer presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated and a copy of which appears as Appendix A to these minutes in the Minute Book.

 

The Sub-Committee was asked to consider an application made by Mr Timothy Hemming of ABS Holdings for the renewal of the licence to use the premises at 333-335 Holdenhurst Road as a sex establishment to trade for a further twelve-month period.

 

The Licensing Authority received one objection.

 

Mr Timothy Hemming attended the hearing and addressed the Sub-Committee to expand on the points made in his written submission. The objector did not attend and wished to remain anonymous.

 

The Sub-Committee asked various questions of all parties present and was grateful for the responses received.

 

In the absence of the objector the Chair raised a question regarding the website address for the business. The Licensing officer advised that the name of the premises was ‘Simply Pleasure.com’ and that could be shown on the premises regardless as to whether the website address was displayed.  The current policy allowed for the name of the premises to be displayed in the shop window, providing that it was approved by the Council, which it was. The Legal Adviser explained that there was no prohibition on displaying the website address.

 

 

All parties had the opportunity to ask questions. All parties were invited to sum up before the Sub-Committee retired to make its decision. Before concluding the hearing, the Legal Advisor advised all parties of the right of appeal.

 

Decision

 

The Sub-Committee heard from the Licensing Officer, Tania Jardim and from Mr Timothy Hemming, the Applicant, who spoke to his written submissions.

 

The objector was not present, having sent apologies in advance, however, the Sub-Committee took full account of the contents of their objection.

 

The Sub-Committee accepted that there was a bus stop sited close to the premises, however, it had been there since the 1960’s without cause for concern.

 

The Sub-Committee also accepted that there was nothing to prohibit the premises from displaying it’s website address in the shop window. There was no breach of the current Licence in this regard. Website contents are not monitored by the Licensing Authority.

 

The Sub-Committee also heard from the Licensing Officer that there have been no complaints or breaches in relation to the current Licence.

 

In respect of the character of the locality, the Sub-Committee accepted that it had not changed materially since the previous renewal, or indeed for some years, and agreed that it was one of the principal locations within the area for the night-time economy. There had been no substantial changes to the uses to which buildings in the vicinity were put, and the Sub-Committee saw no basis on which to refuse the application given there had been no material  ...  view the full minutes text for item 95.