Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chair

Members to appoint a Chair for the Meeting.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

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

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 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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4.

The Royal Tavern, 185 Court Road, Eltham, SE9 4UG pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Interim Steps Representation

 

 

 

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Decision:

Interim Steps Hearing

 

The Royal Tavern, 185 Court Road, Eltham, SE9 4UG

 

The Licensing Sub-Committee considered the representations made by Mrs. Katrina Peters, the Licence Holder following the Committee’s decision on 9 July 2019, when they suspended the Premises Licence following an expedited licence review application by the Metropolitan Police.

 

In reaching its decision the Sub Committee considered the Council’s statement of Licensing Policy, the Licensing Act 2003, the Regulations made thereunder and the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under Section 182 of the 2003 Act, and in particular Section 53A Licensing Act 2003 Summary Review Guidance.

 

In discharging its functions, the Sub Committee did so with a view to promoting the licensing objectives in particular the prevention of crime and disorder.

 

The Sub-Committee considered the representations made by the Police who stated that Mrs. Peters had control of and responsibility for the whole premises and he maintained that the premises licence should remain suspended until the full review hearing.

 

In response to questions raised by the Sub-Committee the Police confirmed that:

·        The crime report referred to a strong smell of cannabis on the premises;

·        The cannabis plants were established to the point that some were in the process of being dried out.

·        One of the areas in which cannabis plants was found was within the licenced area of the premises, namely the 1st floor function room.

·        As the Premises Licence Holder, Ms Peters was in control of the entire premises, not only the ground floor.

 

The Sub-Committee considered the representations made by Mrs. Peters, who stated that she was not on the premises at the time of the Police visit on 5 July 2019 and that the upstairs area of the premises was used as the private residence of her husband, with whom she is separated, though they had maintained a professional relationship. Mrs Peters stated that the only room she accessed upstairs was the office which she used during business hours with the agreement of her husband. She would access the office several times each day to complete paperwork, pay employees, use social media to promote etc., usually between 9am and 3pm each day.

 

In response to questions from the Sub-Committee, Mrs. Peters confirmed that:

 

·          The upstairs of the premises was the personal living quarters of her husband whom she has been estranged from for approximately 1 year.

·          The rooms Ms Peters could see were clean and tidy but she had not recently inspected the living quarters as she considered them “his responsibility”, and wished to afford him his privacy and not “snoop around”.

·          The cannabis plants were kept in tents. She had never smelt anything and no one downstairs had reported a smell of cannabis. 

·          Children were allowed on the premises and were the responsibility of their parents. 

·          She lived off the premises with her three children though they were permitted entry to the premises.

·          She was currently undertaking decorative works on the premises to encourage new clientele.

·          Her husband did not pay rent  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.