Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Friday, 22nd May, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This meeting will be held by remote conferencing using Skype for Business

Contact: Lucy Bonshor 

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Register of Attendance and notification of Substitute Members

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    All Members of the Committee were present.


Disclosure of interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.


    None disclosed.


Minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

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    Minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2020 were agreed.


    It was noted that only those votes from Members who had attended the last meeting of the Committee were noted for the approval of the minutes.


Application to renew a Sex Shop Licence
Pulse & Cocktails, A1 southbound, Stoke Rochford, Grantham pdf icon PDF 200 KB

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    Report ENV749 from the Licensing Officer.

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    That the Licensing Committee approve the renewal of the application for a Sex Shop Licence in accordance with Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended by the Policy and Crime Act 2009).



    The Licensing Officer presented report ENV749 which concerned an application to renew a Sex Shop Licence for the premises known as Pulse & Cocktails, A1 southbound, Stoke Rochford.


    In accordance with the Authority’s procedures, all applications relating to sex establishments, with the exception of uncontested transfer applications, must be heard by the Licensing Committee.   Each application had to be determined on its own merits; however, refusal of a licence could only be on certain mandatory and/or discretionary grounds as outlined within the report.


    The applicant had run a sex shop since April 2009 and no complaints had been received during this time.  The applicant was not varying the licence in any way and was only applying to renew the licence as it currently stood, the application for renewal was received on 24 February 2020.


    Questions were asked about the signage for the shop, the length of the licence, visits to the shop and enforcement.  One Member was concerned about the content of the DVD’s and their legality as well as people under 18 entering the shop.  It was noted that enforcement was the responsibility of the Police and Trading Standards, it was for the Committee to base their decision on the evidence before them.  The company did train staff and they had a refusals book like those required by premises that sold alcohol.  CCTV was situated both inside and outside of the premises and It was reiterated that the Company had held a licence since April 2009 and no objections or representations had been received.   The premises would have been visited by the Licensing Officer but due to the COVID19 situation this had not taken place, however he would visit the premises when he was able to and Members of the Committee were welcome to visit the premises at any time.  The Member who raised her concerns said that she would contact the relevant authorities outside of the meeting. 


    As there had been no objections or representations to the licence and based on the information before the Committee it was proposed, seconded and agreed to renew the licence for a further year.


    (As Councillor Bisnauthsing had lost connection during the debate of the item he did not take part in the decision)



Close of Meeting

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    The meeting closed at 10:34am.