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WELCOME AND APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
1. Councillor Aksanoglu as Chair welcomed all those present and explained the order of the meeting.
2. Councillor Pite had replaced Councillor Levy on the panel.
3. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the hearing was run remotely via Skype, in compliance with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority, Police and Crime meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. The Chair requested attendees to let him know of any issues with connection so that necessary action could be taken.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non pecuniary interests relating to items on the agenda.
NOTED there were no declarations of interest in respect of any item on the agenda.
RECEIVED the application made by Trading Standards for a review of the Premises Licence (LN/201500460) held by Mr Ali Riza Tulu at the premises known as and situated at Maxi Wine Centre, 495 Hertford Road, Enfield, EN3 5XH.
1. The introduction by Ellie Green, Principal Licensing Officer, including:
a. This was a review of the licence of Maxi Wine Centre. This licence was previously reviewed in 2015 following repeated breaches of conditions, and illicit tobacco being found on the premises. The premises licence holder at that time was Mr Uygar Altun.
b. On 26 August 2015, a new premises licence was granted to Mr Ali Riza Tulu, specifically including a condition that Mr Altun was not to be connected with the business.
c. The licence permitted off-sales of alcohol from 10:00 to 00:00 daily. The premises licence holder and the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) was Ali Riza Tulu.
d. On 24 January 2020, Enfield Council’s Trading Standards submitted a review application in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective, and seeking revocation of the premises licence in its entirety.
e. Smuggled goods had been found on the premises for a second time ie. non-duty paid cigarettes. Breaches of licence conditions had also been witnessed.
f. The full review application was set out in Annex 2 of the officers’ report. The report was an attachment in this Skype meeting.
g. There was a representation from the Metropolitan Police, supporting this review application and also seeking revocation of the premises licence, based on the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective, and attached as Annex 3 of the report.
h. There had been no written response received from the premises licence holder.
i. If the Licensing Sub-Committee (LSC) was minded not to revoke the licence, Trading Standards asked that the licence be suspended until full compliance with the licence conditions had been demonstrated and to consider adding two conditions, as set out in Annex 4.
j. This review application was due to be determined on 18 March 2020, but an adjournment request was permitted from that hearing.
k. At the hearing, Trading Standards were represented by Amanda Butler, Senior Fair Trading Officer, the Metropolitan Police were represented by PC Karen Staff, and Maxi Wine Centre was represented by Duncan Craig, Barrister, Citadel Chambers. Due to remote hearings being so new, the hearing was also being observed online by three external persons.
2. The statement on behalf of Trading Standards, including:
a. The review application was based on the crime and disorder licensing objective; as a result of non-duty paid tobacco being found at the premises.
b. On 28 October 2019, officers from Trading Standards and Licensing Enforcement, the Police Licensing Officer, and a dog handler and dogs from Wagtail International carried out a day of unannounced visits to shops in LB Enfield, including a visit to Maxi Wine Centre. The premises was searched and 221 packets equivalent to 4,420 individual cigarettes, and 5 x 50g ... view the full minutes text for item 532.