Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH
Contact: Debbie Pons, Principal Democratic Services Officer
Consideration was given to an application for the review of the Premises Licence, under the provisions of Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of the premises known as Renoir’s Lounge Bar/Rouge, The Crofts, Rotherham.
The Licensing Authority received representations made by the Local Authority’s Licensing Enforcement Unit (as a responsible authority), which had not been withdrawn, and the Sub-Committee considered those representations.
The Sub-Committee heard the representations from Mr. C. Burnett (Licensing Enforcement Officer and the applicant for the premises licence review) and from Mr. P. Whur (Solicitor), Mrs. J. Etches (Premises Licence Holder), and Mr. M. Etches (Designated Premises Supervisor).
Members were informed of the details of the specific concerns in respect of the management of these premises following a visit to the premises on Saturday, 4th August, 2018:-
(i) The Premises Licence Summary on display was out of date and did not reflect the details of the current Designated Premises Supervisor.
(ii) The Duty Manager was unable to explain why the correct Premises Licence Summary was not on display nor was he able to produce the Premises Licence.
(iii) Images from the CCTV camera within the premises displayed conduct in excess of what was permitted under the provisions set out within the Premises Licence (Conditions 5-12).
(iv) When requested, the Duty Manager was unable to provide information/records requested with regard to the people working that night.
(v) Whilst a number of checks were being made with the Duty Manager, 3 of the dancers had left the premises.
(vi) There had been no signs on any of the tables or at the entrances of the bars advising guests of the permitted conduct of customers and dancers in contravention of Condition 11 (a), (b) and (c) at Annex 2 of the Premises Licence.
(vii) Wine was not offered for sale served in smaller 125 measures.
(viii) A follow-up visit was made on 7th August, 2018, where the Door Supervisor had produced inadequate door supervisor sheets.
During the hearing, CCTV footage dated 28th April, 12th May and 5th August, 2018, (pixelated to disguise faces and no audible sound) was viewed by everyone present showing activity within the building supporting the above concerns.
The Designated Premises Supervisor’s legal representative expressed his client’s concern regarding the incidents given his significant track record of being a quality operator in Rotherham and it being brought into question.
Attention was also drawn to Section 10 of the Statutory Guidance which referred to where authorised persons and responsible authorities had concerns about problems identified at the premises. It was good practice for the premises licence holder to be informed of the concerns and the need of improvement and where possible should advise the license or certificate holders of the steps required to address those concerns. Co-operation at a local level in promoting the licensing objectives should be encouraged and Reviews should not be used to undermine that co-operation. It was very unusual for a revocation of a licence to ... view the full minutes text for item 4.