Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday 12 February 2018 10.30 a.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: Debbie Pons, Principal Democratic Services Officer 

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Licensing Act 2003 - Review of a Premises Licence - The Bungalow Community Centre, Tenter Street, Rotherham pdf icon PDF 711 KB


Application for the Review of a Premises’ Licence – cover report (pages 1 and 2)


Details of the licence review application    (pages 3 to 7)


The Premises’ Current Licence  (pages 8 to 12)


Premises’ location plan   (page 13)


Representation about the application – submitted by the South Yorkshire Police  (pages 14 and 15)


Witness Statements   (pages 16 to 19)


Representations about the application – submitted by residents  (pages 20 and 21)


Representation about the application – submitted by RMBC Planning Service  (page 22)


(1) The Sub-Committee hearing representations about the premises licence review


Consideration was given to an application for the review of a premises licence made under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of the premises known as the Bungalow Community Centre, Tenter Street, Rotherham.


The Licensing Authority received representations made by the Local Authority’s Licensing Enforcement Unit, by the South Yorkshire Police and from a local resident, which had not been withdrawn, and the Sub-Committee considered those representations. 


At the beginning of the hearing, the premises’ licence holder and her representative referred to the short period of time available for them to consider and assimilate the bundle of documents under consideration at the hearing. After discussion, the Sub-Committee offered the premises’ licence holder and her representative the opportunity to adjourn the hearing and to reconvene on a future date, thereby affording them a longer time to prepare for the hearing. In response, the premises’ licence holder and her representative stated that they had spent many hours during the weekend studying the bundle of documents and preparing for this hearing and were therefore content to proceed with the hearing as scheduled.


The Sub-Committee heard representations from Mr. C. Burnett (Principal Officer of the Local Authority Licensing Enforcement Unit and the applicant for the premises licence review), Licensing Officer Mrs. Helen Cooper (on behalf of South Yorkshire Police) and from Ms. T. Munetsi (Premises Licence holder and Designated Premises Supervisor) who was represented by Mr. M. Mazorodze (a corporate lawyer and member of the community centre). In addition, both Ms. Munetsi’s partner Francis Lungha and another member of the community centre, Mr. N. Sirong, were also present at this hearing.


The subject premises were a bungalow situated within an industrial area a short distance away from the Rotherham town centre. The premises licence permitted the sale by retail of alcohol, from 1000 hours to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and from 1000 hours to 0300 hours (Friday and Saturday), for consumption only on the premises. Although situated within a predominantly industrial area, immediately adjacent to the subject premises at Tenter Street was a building now used as a day and play centre for young children and that building also included a residential apartment situated on the first floor.


Members were informed of the details of the specific concerns in respect of the management of these premises:-


(a) The premises was effectively licensed as a public house (pub) but appeared to be operating instead as a community centre and/or a private members’ club.


(b) The premises did not appear to be managed and operated in accordance with the conditions of the premises licence, particularly : the prolonged absences of the Designated Premises Supervisor leaving the premises without effective management control; noise nuisance from the premises at unsocial hours after the time when the premises should have been closed; instances of anti-social behaviour and public disorder outside and in the immediate vicinity of the premises requiring the attendance of the South  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.