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No. Item


Appointment of Chair

Members to appoint a Chair for the Meeting.



Councillor Hayes proposed and was seconded by Councillor Austen that Councillor Fahy be Chair.


Resolved –


That Councillor John Fahy be Chair for the duration of the meeting.


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Sub-Committee.


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Resolved –


That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.


North Pole, 131 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA and South Pole, 131 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Interim Steps Hearing

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The Licensing Review Sub Committee received a representation from Osman Zinnureyin in relation to the interim steps taken by the Licensing Review Sub-Committee as part of an expedited review under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003 (as amended by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006) of


North Pole, 131 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA


The Licensing Review Sub-Committee agreed that in relation to the North Pole, the interim steps imposed on 4 April 2018 are modified as follows:


In relation to the Ground Floor Bar, the suspension is lifted subject to the following conditions:

-      Provision of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment (the latter from 11pm) shall be limited to:

o   Monday to Saturday: 11am – 11.30pm

o   Sunday: 10am – 10.30pm

-      On Friday and Saturday three SIA approved door staff shall be on the premises from 9pm until close

-      On Friday and Saturday after 9pm, an ID Scan system (such as Club Scan or equivalent) shall be used for all customers entering the premises, irrespective of whether entering from outside or from the first floor restaurant.

-      The door to the basement bar (South Pole) shall remain shut and locked at all times that the premises is open to the public


Otherwise in relation to the First Floor Restaurant, the interim steps continue as before with a slight amendment (underlined), namely:

-      The terminal hour for all licensable activities shall be reduced to 11.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30pm on Sunday

-      The Supply of alcohol in the first floor restaurant to be ancillary to the consumption of a table meal


In relation to the whole licence, the following conditions are added:

-      The Opening Hours are amended such that the premises will be closed by:


o   Monday to Saturday: 0.00am

o   Sunday: 11pm

-      The premises shall be cleared of all customers by closing time

-      Only alcohol purchased on the premises may be consumed on the premises

-      Osman Zinnureyin is removed as DPS

-      No licensable activities shall take place until a new DPS is appointed who must be approved by the Police


In addition the Sub-Committee imposed the conditions contained in the Action Plan of November 2017, with slight amendments:

-      The back garden shall be clear of customers by 10.30pm and not used thereafter

-      Customers wishing to smoke shall be directed to a “smoking area” at the front of the premises or as otherwise agreed with the Licensing Authority or Police. Smokers outside the front of the premises will be limited to 15 persons.

-      Signage will be in place reminding customers to “Please respect our neighbours and keep noise to a minimum whilst in the area” in any external areas which are accessible to customers.

-      The premises shall not host any externally promoted events

-      The premises licence holder will install, operate and maintain a digitally recorded CCTV system on the premises. This shall cover both internal and external areas. Cameras shall be located  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.


In Attendance:


Licence Holder               Osman Zinnureyin; Gary Grant (legal representative)


Applicant for Review      PC Giles Balestrini; Sergeant Simon Henderson;                     Heather Oliver (legal representative)


The Chair welcomed all parties and ensured that introductions were made, all papers had been received and that all parties were aware of their right to be represented. An additional document from the Police had been circulated. 


The Sub-Committee considered an application made by the premises licence holder, Osman Zinnureyin, in relation to the interim steps taken by the Licensing Review Sub-Committee on 4 April 2018 to suspend the premises licence for the South Pole, 131 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA, and to modify the conditions of the North Pole, 131 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA


The Sub-Committee was addressed by the legal representative for the licence holder.  He detailed where there was agreement between the parties and what the proposed conditions and measures were to be. He stated the only matter in dispute was the closing time of the Ground Floor Bar area of the North Pole. He stated the applicant sought a 1am terminal hour on Friday and Saturdays, as the issues of crime and disorder related to times after then. He commented on the recent fatality and noted that the investigating Officers placed no blame on the premises and had thanked the premises for their help on the night. He noted that the other incidents mainly related to the late nights on Friday and Saturday and that some related to the SIA staff doing what they should have been doing. With regard to the apparent sales of nitrous oxide balloons in the South Pole he stated that the licence holder had been unaware that had been happening, but it was accepted he should have known and so he would no longer be the Designated Premises Supervisor.


In response to questions from the Sub-Committee the legal representative for the licence holder stated that the staff involved with the sale of the gas-filled balloons had been sacked, on the balance of probability that it might have been nitrous oxide. He suggested that a 1am terminal hour on Friday and Saturdays was proportionate considering the incidents provided in the Police’s evidence invariably occurred after that time.


The Sub-Committee was addressed by the legal representative for the Metropolitan Police. She noted that while there two separate licenced premises the distinction was artificial as there was a free flow of clientele between them as they had a connecting door. It was difficult therefore to specify whether incidents of crime and disorder originated solely in one premises or the other.  Whilst comment could not be made on the murder investigation, that the venue had become a place of congregation for those willing to commit violence was relevant. It was noted that the evidence provided made reference to nitrous oxide at earlier dates, and it was reasonable to interpret the CCTV footage as indicating that the sale of the balloons was not a one-off incident. It was accepted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.