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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
To appoint a Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.
Councillor H.Bower was appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee.
Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) to consider an application to review a Personal Licence.
Introductions and Procedures
The purpose of the meeting was to determine an application for review of a personal licence held by R. Lansbury.
The Chairman welcomed those present to the meeting and introduced the Members of the Sub-Committee and the Officers serving the Sub-Committee, explaining the hearings procedure which had been adopted by the Council, copies of which had previously been circulated.
A copy of the Licensing Officer’s report, the personal licence, memorandum of conviction, notice inviting representation and the application for the review of the licence by the police had previously been circulated.
Report of the Licensing Officer
The report of the Licensing Officer informed Members that a personal licence holder, R. Lansbury, had been convicted of drink-driving.
In April 2006, R. Lansbury applied to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and was granted a personal licence PA32356/070406 under the Licensing Act 2003.
On 6 March 2019 it was reported in the Welwyn Hatfield Times Central Herts Court round up that R. Lansbury was convicted of drink-driving and was fined and banned from driving for 36 months. She was also banned from driving for a similar offence on 23 May 2016, as shown in a police email (Appendix E).
It was also noted that she did not notify the Council of the offence (which was required under section 132 of the Licensing Act 2003), nor did she inform the court that she was a licence holder (which was required under section 128 of the Licensing Act 2003).
The Officer took a serious view and that the offence was not promoting the licencing objectives and therefore the Sub-Committee had two choices: to suspend the licence for a period not exceeding six months or revoke the licence.
Members sought clarification on the following:
· Was it was the offence of drink driving or the fact that the licence holder, R. Lansbury, had not notified the Council or the Court of the situation that was most serious? The Officer confirmed that the offence of drink driving was at odds with the licensing objectives.
· Was the licence holder currently a landlady? The Officer confirmed that R. Lansbury was not.
· Was the licence holder aware of the hearing? The Officer confirmed that R. Lansbury had not responded to the correspondence or notification of the meeting and subsequently had not attended the hearing.
Members noted that although R. Lansbury was not in the trade at the moment, she could return once her conviction for drink-driving was spent.
The Sub-Committee had heard the report of the Licensing Officer and there were no representations from interested parties. The Sub-Committee was aware of the Council’s duty to promote the Statutory Licensing Objectives, including the prevention of crime and disorder, maintenance of public safety, prevention of nuisance and the protection of children from harm. The Sub-Committee also took note of its duties under the Licensing Act 2003, outlined in section 4 of the report and the Welwyn Hatfield Statement of Licensing Policy, outlined in section 5 ... view the full minutes text for item 5.