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Councillor Aksanoglu as Chair welcomed all attendees to the meeting, which was being broadcast live online. Sub-committee members confirmed their presence and that they were able to hear and see the proceedings. The Chair explained the order of the meeting.
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NOTED there were no declarations of interest in respect of the item on the agenda.
Application for a New Premises Licence.
RECEIVED the application made by Mr Piotr Swis for the premises situated at Polonezz, 14 Green Lanes, London, N13 6JRfor a New Premises Licence.
1. The introduction by Ellie Green, Principal Licensing Officer, including:
a. The application for a new premises licence was made by Mr Piotr Swis for Polonezz, 14 Green Lanes, N13.
b. The application sought opening hours and sale of alcohol (off sales) 08:00 to 21:00 Monday to Saturday and 09:00 to 20:00 Sunday.
c. The premises was a convenience store.
d. The licensing history in respect of the store was set out in the officers’ report. The previous licence held by Polonez Limited was revoked in March 2020 following a review application from Trading Standards following the discovery of non-duty paid alcohol and cigarettes on the premises on more than one occasion.
e. The new application was submitted in the name of an individual: Mr Piotr Swis. He had been a Director of Polonez Limited for a period of time since the review, but had now resigned as a Director.
f. Mr Swis had not replied to any email in respect of the application and hearing. A mobile number provided to the Licensing Team was for Izabela Kuziola. Officers spoke to her and she advised the best person to contact was Jakub Lenczewski, a previous Director who had resigned 18/6/20 but been reappointed 17/9/20.
g. Mr Lenczewski was contacted and he advised the application contained an administrative error in naming Mr Swis and the application should have been made in the name of the company. However, Mr Swis had not given authority for anyone to act on his behalf and the application could not be changed without his authorisation.
h. Mr Swis and Mr Lenczewski had been advised of the situation, and that if they wished to withdraw the application they would need to attend this hearing, as it had not been withdrawn more than 24 hours beforehand.
i. Officers had not received any response or received a valid withdrawal request and the hearing therefore needed to proceed.
j. The Licensing Authority was concerned there was a connection with the new applicant and DPS and those involved with the business when the former premises licence was revoked. Representation had been made by the Licensing Authority against the application in its entirety, as set out in Annex 3 to the report and additional information.
k. Should the Licensing Sub-Committee be minded to grant the application in full or in part, the Licensing Authority sought conditions as set out in Annex 4. Mr Swis had not indicated any agreement to these conditions.
l. Mr Swis was not present at this hearing, nor was he represented.
2. The statement of Charlotte Palmer, Senior Licensing Enforcement Officer, on behalf of the Licensing Authority, including:
a. This premises had been licensed previously for the sale of alcohol and that licence had been revoked on 18/3/20.
b. The Secretary of State guidance took ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
To receive and agree the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 23 September 2020.
AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 23 September 2020 as a correct record.