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DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
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To note any items that are a matter of urgency in the view of the Chairman for consideration.
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THE WAVERLEY HOTEL, 10 STATION ROAD, BANGOR LL57 1LR
To consider the report
To allow North Wales Police to review the license and amend Annex 3 of the license
Representing North Wales Police:
Inspector 2600 Chris Hargrave
PCSO Lis Williams
Representing the premises:
Ms Hayley Meek Licence holder for The Waverley Hotel, Bangor
Michael Strain Solicitor
Moira Duell-Parry – Environmental Health Officer
Robert Taylor – Licensing Enforcement Officer
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
The Chair highlighted that each party would be allowed up to ten minutes to make their observations.
a) The Licensing Department's Report
Submitted – the report of the Licensing Manager providing details of an application by Inspector Chris Hargrave on behalf of North Wales Police for a review of the premises licence for The Waverley Hotel, Bangor. The application had been made because of
· failure to comply with the premises licence conditions in respect of CCTV
· failure to request proof of age from individuals who appear to be under 18
· the failure of the licence holder to maintain control in respect of the Covid-19 crisis
The report highlighted that the Police had noted concern by the Public about the premises and its lack of management. There was also an on-line petition calling for the premises to be closed down, which 'hundreds' of people had signed.
The manager reported that the Police had considered a proposal for the licence holder to submit an application for a Minor Variation to the premises licence. However, due to the circumstances, and the repeated failures of the licence holder to control the situation, the Police were eager to submit the application to the Sub-committee in order to secure a full review, and recommend amendments to the licence.
Attention was drawn to the issues that the Police had made recommendations upon to the licence holder. It was reported that there had been correspondence between the licence holder, the Police's licensing officer, and the Council because of a failure to implement the recommendations – a recommendation to ensure that door supervisors were present on the premises every Friday and Saturday night was generally ignored. It was argued that this should be included as a condition on the licence to enable compliance-monitoring.
The Manager referred to the problems that the Police had found, together with the licence conditions recommended by them for inclusion on the premises licence.
She drew attention to the responses that had been received during the consultation period. It was noted that the Public Protection Unit, the Licensing Enforcement Officer and the Fire and Rescue Service had presented observations and their support for the review.
The Public Protection Unit highlighted support for the review based on the licensing objectives of public protection and the prevention of public nuisance. The Licensing Enforcement Officer's concerns about disregard for social distancing rules under Covid restrictions were also grounds for supporting the review. The Fire Service had highlighted fire safety issues that required addressing by the licence holder.
It was noted that the Licensing Authority Officers had sufficient evidence that the application had been submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 and the relevant regulations.