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The Legal Services Manager briefed all present on the procedure for the meeting which had been convened to consider an application received from the Licensing Lead for Carmarthenshire County Council for the Review of a premises licence in respect of Santa Clara, St Clears, Carmarthenshire, following a visit to the premises by Police and a Council Trading Standards Officer on the 8th October 2020 where a lack of management and control at the premises had been identified.
The Sub Committee noted the following documentation was attached to the report:-
Appendix A – A copy of the review application together with supporting documents;
Appendix B – Dyfed Powys Police representations;
Appendix C - Trading Standards representations
Appendix D – Other representations.
The Sub Committee also viewed body camera footage of the visit undertaken to the premises by the Police and a Trading Standards Officer on the 8th October 2020 and its attention drawn to previously circulated still photographs from the camera footage together with an additional statement from Anwen Davies
The Licensing Lead referred to his written representations, as detailed within Appendix A to the report, and outlined to the Sub Committee the events which had led to the submission of the review application, being the second submitted in respect of the premises. The first review had been considered by the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee on the 18th August 2020 where a number of additional conditions had been imposed for the operation of the premises and on the Designated Premises Supervisor. He outlined the failings noted during the visit on the 8th October, as well as the breach of the existing licence conditions, which demonstrated the premises were still not being adequately managed by either the Designated Premises Supervisor or the licence holders, or that either of those persons took their responsibilities seriously. As it was considered any additional licence conditions, or removal of the DPS, were unlikely to have any effect on the operation of the premises, the Licensing Authority was of the opinion revocation of the licence was an appropriate and proportionate response to the lack of proper management and control at the premises.
All parties present were afforded the opportunity of questioning the Licensing Lead on his submission.
The Police Authority representative referred to his written representations, as detailed within Appendix B to the report, and outlined to the Sub Committee the recent history of the premises’ operation together with the events witnessed on the 8th October by a police officer and trading standards officer, as viewed on the webcam footage. As this was the second review application regarding serious management failures at the premises within six months, the Police considered it to be correct and proportionate to revoke the premises licence due to the lack of proper management and control displayed
All parties present were afforded the opportunity of questioning the Police Authority representative on his submission.
The Trading Standards representative referred to his written representations, as detailed in Appendix C to ... view the full minutes text for item 2.