Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday, 20th August, 2021 2.30 pm

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Appointment of Chair


Councillor Payter-Harris was elected as chair. He welcomed everyone and explained how the meeting would work and the procedure that would be followed. Introductions were made by those present.



Declaration of Interests


There were no declarations of members' interests.



Licensing Act 2003 - Premises Licence - Application for Summary Review - Duke of Devonshire, 119 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SQ pdf icon PDF 446 KB



The purpose of this report is for the committee to consider and determine a summary review application made pursuant to sections 53A - 53D1 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") by the Chief officer of Police, Hampshire Constabulary and in respect of the following premises:


Duke of Devonshire, 119 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SQ.


The holder of the premises licence is recorded as Mr Serkan Yaman.



The committee is requested to determine the application.

Additional documents:


The Chair advised that the representation from Councillor Kirsty Mellor had been withdrawn therefore the Sub-Committee should not take this into account.


Derek Stone, Principal Licensing Officer, explained on 4 August 2021 an interim steps hearing was held where the outcome was to suspend the premises licence.  On 5 August 2021 the premises licence holder and DPS Mr Yaman and his solicitor Mr Wallsgrove, addressed the Sub-Committee to seek a reversal of the suspension and offered a number of conditions for consideration to allow the premises to reopen and operate under tighter control measures. One of the conditions was the introduction of SIA door staff on Friday and Saturday evenings. Acting Police Sergeant (A/PS) was supportive of this and following a joint visit being taken by police and the licensing officer on Monday 9 August 2021 to confirm that all the conditions were in place, the premises was allowed to reopen. A further compliance visit was undertaken on the evening of Friday 13 August and the venue was fully compliant with all these conditions.


Mr Stone outlined the various options available to the Sub-Committee at the end of the report and the areas that the Sub-Committee must have regard to.



There were no questions for the Licensing Officer from any party.



Responsible Authority's Case

A/PS Rackham said that the concerns about the premises appear to have been managed through the review process.  The conditions requested at the last hearing were put in place and the premises has been compliant with those conditions. There have been no further incidents of serious crime and disorder at the premises. It was the view of the police that this has led to a reduction of risk compared to the time the first meeting was held.   The police request that the Sub-Committee impose the conditions agreed between the police and the applicant (previously circulated to the panel) with the slight amendment to condition 6, onto the full licence and they will be happy that this will reduce the risks in the future. 


There were no questions for the A/PS Rackham from any party.


The Licence Holder's case
Mr Wallsgrove said that the licence holder supports the police contention and the conditions were checked on Monday 9th August when the premises re-opened and there had not been any issues since. They endorse the recommendation that the Sub-Committee now deal with the review by imposing conditions on the licence as previously circulated. There had been a slight tweak to condition 6 which came about as on the first weekend the venue re-opened, a number of their local customers were not able to enter as they did not carry photographic ID.  The amendment to the condition would mean that if a customer did not have photographic ID, Mr Yaman can admit them by taking their name and address and admit them into the premises if he considers that they look 40 years of age or above.


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