Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions.

Venue: Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Clare Chapman  Email: clare.chapman@royalgreenwich.gov.uk tel: 020 8921 4350

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

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.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4th April 2019.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

5.

The Royal Tavern, 185 Court Road, Eltham, SE9 4UG pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Application to review the existing Premises Licence

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Decision:

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

 

In reaching its decision the Licensing Sub-Committee (“LSC”) considered the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Licensing Act 2003, the Regulations made thereunder and the Statutory Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under S.182 of that Act. In discharging its functions, the LSC did so with a view to promoting the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

 

And having considered all written representations, evidence and submissions, the LSC:

 

1.    Revoked the Premises Licence held by Katrina Peters

2.    Re-imposed the Interim Step to suspend the Premises Licence until the expiry of the time for an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court or the determination of any appeal against the LSC decision.   

 

The Sub-Committee’s decision was based on issues raised concerning crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm.

 

Basis for Decision

 

The LSC considered the application for a summary review of the Premises Licence by the police, being triggered by the discovery of a cannabis farm in the residential flat and what is known as the function room above the licensed premises. In reaching its decision the LSC fully appreciated that the cannabis farm was within three rooms of the area above the premises. The LSC noted that the cannabis plants were contained with tents within the three rooms. The basis of the decision reached is that the premises are and were associated with serious crime, and in respect of which the Designated Premises Supervisor was a pivotal part, and who is also Mrs Peters’ now estranged partner.

 

The LSC took into consideration the email dated 19th July 2019, from the DPS, Philip Peters that he was solely responsible for the cannabis farm and other unlawful drugs found in the residential premises. The LSC found the explanation given by Phillip Peters for the presence of the cannabis farm not credible and unbelievable.  There was clear evidence of drug dealing given the presence of heroin and other drugs, and drugs paraphernalia found by the police in the residential flat, which included a weighing scale and snap packaging used in the unlawful drug dealing business.

 

The LSC placed great weight on the police evidence and the submissions of Police Officer Balestrini that there were areas above the premises, including the function room for drying cannabis, foil lined drugs packaging, scales, and the presence of steroids, heroin and cocaine and that the ambient temperature within the premises was hot and the cannabis plants were massive in size.  The LSC were of the view that the suggestion by the DPS, within his email, that the cannabis was for personal use, was false and untrue and he was clearly involved in drug supply and dealing.

 

The LSC placed great weight on the police evidence of previous findings, in March 2018, of traces of cocaine in all of the toilets of the  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.