Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from:
· Councillor McLoughlin
· Councillor B Mortimer
· Councillor Mrs Parvin
Notification of Substitute Members
The following Substitute Members were noted:
· Councillor Ring for Councillor Mrs Parvin
· Councillor Vizzard for Councillor B Mortimer
Notification of Visiting Members
There were no visiting members.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
Councillor Naghi declared he had visited the premises the subject of the hearing in the past but had not discussed this application with anyone.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
To consider whether any items should be taken in private because of the possible disclosure of exempt information.
RESOLVED: That the items on the agenda be taken in public as proposed.
The Chairman requested those persons participating in the hearing to identify themselves. Those present included:
· Members of the Committee as listed
· Jayne Bolas, Legal Advisor, Mid Kent Legal Services
· John Littlemore, Head of Housing and Community Services
· Tessa Ware, Democratic Services Officer
· Stephen Thomas, Legal Representative for the Applicant
· Emma Sexton, the Applicant
· Benjamin Williams, Assistant Manager, Players Gentlemen’s Club
· Kimberley Jones, House Mother, Players Gentlemen’s Club
· Sara Alam, Objector
· Carlos Aguilar, Objector’s companion
· Josh Couper, Kent Messenger
The Chairman directed those present to the procedure for the Hearing laid out on pages 91 and 92 of the agenda papers.
The Chairman explained, two sets of supporting information had been received since the publication of the agenda on 8 October 2015. One from the solicitors for the Applicant, distributed to Members via email on 13 October 2015. The second from the Objector, received the on afternoon of 19 October 2015, yet to be circulated to Committee Members.
The Council’s Legal Advisor referred to paragraph 11.6 of the Council’s policy in respect of the Licensing of Sex Shops, Sex Cinemas and Sexual Entertainment Venues. She advised the Committee they could use their discretion when deciding whether to accept these documents.
The Committee was also informed they could adjourn the hearing for a short period of time to read the representations or they could adjourn the hearing to a future date or they could refuse to take the representations and continue with the hearing.
Both Applicant and the Objector confirmed they were happy for the Committee to accept both representations and for the Committee to adjourn for a short period to read them and then reconvene the hearing, neither preferred a future date.
RESOLVED: That the Committee adjourn from 6:11pm to 6:30pm in order to read the representations received from both the Applicant and the Objector.
The Hearing reconvened at 6:33pm.
The Head of Housing and Community Services presented his report and drew the Committee’s attention to the licensing history of the venue. He pointed out that the licence for a Sexual Entertainment Venue in respect of Players, 57 High Street, Maidstone, had been transferred to Emma Sexton from James Pemble at the Licensing Committee meeting on 11 June 2015. The Committee was reminded this hearing was for the renewal application for this licence, received on 16 April 2015, from Emma Sexton.
The Head of Housing and Community confirmed there was one objector, who was present. He went on to confirm that the Committee should consider the Mandatory and Discretionary grounds listed on page 4 of the agenda when reaching their decision.
He went on to point out the following:
· Mandatory, point 2.12 of the report - none applied to this application;
· Discretionary, point 2.3 of the report, of which:
o a), b) and d)iii – were not engaged in the case of this application there being o evidence that they applied and they had not been raised by the objector;
o c) and f) i and ii were engaged ... view the full minutes text for item 63.
Duration of meeting
6:00pm to 8:30pm