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5.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

The Sub-Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

6.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 15 May 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 15 May 2017, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

7.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or other interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

8.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - A.1 - Application for the Review of a Premises Licence - Nirala Tandoori, 14 Brook Street, Manningtree, CO11 1DR pdf icon PDF 46 KB

The Sub-Committee is invited to consider an application for the Review of a Premises Licence held in respect of the above premises.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman (Councillor Cossens) welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave an overview of the procedure that would be followed for the hearing. It was confirmed that Members and Interested Parties had received the ‘Procedures for Hearings – Premises/Personal Licenses Sub-Committee procedure’ document.

 

The Council’s Licensing Officer (Emma King) then gave a verbal summary of the Report of the Corporate Director (Operational Services) (A.1) and advised that the Sub-Committee had before it, for its consideration, an application for the Review of the Premises Licence held by Ms Tahrima Ahmed for the Nirala Tandoori, 14 Brook Street, Manningtree.

 

Members were informed by the Licensing Officer as part of her summary that an application for the review of the Premises Licence for the Nirala Tandoori had been submitted by Essex Police following investigations by Officers of the East of England Immigration Enforcement Team at the Premises and that this had been received by the Licensing Authority on 11 October 2017. The application for the Review had been submitted on the grounds that the Licensing Objective in respect of the Prevention of Crime and Disorder had been breached because the Premises Licence Holder Ms Tahrima Ahmed and the Designated Premises Supervisor Mr Khaled Ahmed had been found to be employing persons who had no right to work or stay in the United Kingdom. As a result of that breach, Essex Police were requesting the Sub-Committee to revoke the premises licence in question.

 

It was reported that the review application and its accompanying supporting documents had advised and contained the following:

 

·        A Section 9 witness statement from a Detective Constable Mr Richard Adams which had detailed an authorised visit made with HM Revenues and Customs on 30 August 2017 to the Nirala Tandoori, where during the visit it was suspected that at least two of the persons present were suspected illegal immigrants.  Detective Constable Adams had subsequently made a referral to UK Immigration regarding the visit and the potential illegal immigrants working there;

 

·        A Section 9 witness statement from Immigration Officer John Donaldson which had detailed a visit to the Nirala Tandoori on 14 September 2017, where during the visit he had questioned Mr Nizam Uddin;

 

·        A Section 9 witness statement from Immigration Officer James Denham which had detailed a visit to the Nirala Tandoori on 14 September 2017, where during the visit he had questioned Mr Abdur Rahim;

 

·        A Section 9 witness statement from Chief Immigration Officer Jack Davis which had detailed a visit to the Nirala Tandoori on 14 September 2017, where during the visit it was found that Mr Uddin had no permission to work and he was subsequently escorted from the premises and where it was found that Mr Rahim had no Visa to remain or work in the UK and he was therefore arrested;

 

·        A Section 9 witness statement from Police Licensing Officer Alan Beckett which had detailed a visit to the Nirala Tandoori on 30 September 2017 where the visit from the Immigration Service had been discussed and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.