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Register of attendance and apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Robert Broughton, Helen Crawford, Jane Kingman and Nikki Manterfield. All other members of the Committee were present, as expected.
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Report by the Licensing Officer.
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The Licensing Officer presented report number ENV 784 relating to an application to renew a sexual entertainment venue licence at Taboo Gentleman’s Club, 99A Westgate, Grantham, NG31 6LE.
It was reported that the applicant had operated a sexual entertainment venue from these premises from 2012, up to the renewal application being submitted on 29 June 2021.
Three objections to the application had been received from two members of the public, the content of which were noted as follows:
· the locality of the establishment and the refurbishment of the Market Square in recent years;
· welfare concerns of those attending the establishment;
· concern for the welfare of the dancers/performers;
· possible links to crime, in all forms.
No objections had been received from Lincolnshire Police as the only responsible authority required to be served with a copy of the application.
The Chairman invited Mr Kent, representing the applicant, to present the application. The following points were noted as part of his presentation:
· the application should be treated as a new application as opposed to a renewal. Previous renewals had been granted upon their expiration, however, in relation to Covid-19 there had been uncertainty as to when the venue could be safely re-opened. It was for this reason that the submission of the application had been delayed but it was important that, if granted, this did not take effect from the date of the expiration of the previous licence and was instead effective from the date it was granted. Otherwise, the applicant only benefitted from the renewal for a proportion of the year as opposed to a full year;
· the premises had been licenced continuously since 2012 until April 2021 without any problems as far as statutory authorities were concerned;
· the premises had been closed for a period of 17 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic;
· at the time of the first consideration of the application in 2012 there were two objections from members of the public and one objection from Lincolnshire Police. The objection from the Police was in response to the proposed closure time of 6am and having met with representatives of the Police a compromise was agreed, with the application granted. Opening hours had since been extended and this application sought the same opening hours as those previously granted;
· the same conditions applied to this application as that previously granted, with the same owner and management team in place operating the business;
· objections received from members of the public primarily related to locality and the morals of the individuals putting forward representations, which he claimed were not valid grounds of objection. In terms of the locality, the same comments had been submitted in 2012 regarding financial investment in the town centre and the detrimental impact this venue would have on the character of the area. There had been no significant change in the character of the area since 2012 and this business had been operational continuously since then until April 2021, therefore, he felt that this suggestion was unjustified;
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Any other business which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent.
No other business was considered.
The meeting closed at 11:43.