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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room B, Town Hall, Blackpool

Contact: Chris Williams  Democratic Governance Adviser

No. Item



To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.


The Licensing Panel considered the appointment of a Chairman for the meeting.




That Councillor Hutton be appointed Chairman for the meeting.



Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:-


(1) the type of interest concerned


(2) the nature of the interest concerned; and


(3) whether they have or have not sat on a Planning Committee which has previously considered a planning application in respect of a licensed premises which is also subject to consideration for a premises licence as part of the agenda for this meeting.


If any Member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.


(Members are asked to also pay particular attention to the guidance sheet on interests supplied with the agenda).


There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.



The Chairman of the Panel will summarise the procedure and announce the equal maximum amount of time for each party to speak for the hearing.


A.         Items 1 and 4 (b) will be undertaken in private session by the Panel and not in the Meeting Room.

B.         Items 2, 3, 4(a) and 4(c) will be recommended to the Panel to be held in public.

C.         The Panel may decide to exclude the public from all or part of a hearing where it considers that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public. (This includes a party and any person assisting or representing a party)


The Chairman explained the procedure for the meeting including that an equal time limit of fifteen minutes had been allocated for all parties.



To consider an application to vary the Premises Licence at Sugar and Spice, 2-4 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PD.

Additional documents:


The Panel considered the application to vary the Premises Licence issued in respect of Sugar and Spice, 2-4 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PD.


The Licence Holder, Mr Emad Abuaassi was in attendance and accompanied by Mr Mark Marshall and both provided representations to the Panel.


Mr Marshall outlined the rationale behind the application to vary the Premises Licence which primarily sought to extend the terminal hours of operation to 3am on weeknights and 4am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. In order to mitigate any potentially undesirable effects of operating during those hours, Mr Marshall described measures, which included a reduced internal premises layout, enhanced CCTV coverage, employment of dedicated door staff during the early hours of the morning and the Licence Holder being on hand to facilitate the dispersal of patrons at 4am. In addition, the applicant suggested that ownership and rent of the premises was transparent and there were no unknown or silent partners involved in the day to day operation thereof. It was claimed that the Licence Holder had operated with a strong track record and with good character noting that any Police incidents in the locality had not been directly attributable to the premises. Mr Abuaassi suggested that given the nature of other businesses in the vicinity and demand from his customers, he wished to open later in order to be more competitive and to avoid financial difficulties.


The Police and Local Authority case was concerned primarily with the number of similar premises located within the near vicinity of Sugar and Spice and within the Council’s own Saturation Zone. The zone had been designed to reduce the cumulative impact of the large number of licensed premises and takeaways in terms of their contribution to crime and disorder within the town centre. It was reported that both historically and more recently, numerous violent incidents had occurred in or around those takeaways as such premises often gave intoxicated people a reason to loiter in the area later than they might otherwise following the closure of various bars and clubs nearby. Evidence of incidents from 2019 were presented and it was noted that there had been over 550 violent incidents in a 12 month period, many of which had occurred during the ours of 3-5am. The Police suggested the application as outlined by the Licence Holder and Mr Marshall was not exceptional in anyway and therefore they believed there were insufficient grounds to deviate from the current policy.


The Police questioned how the Licence Holder would manage a 4am close and ensure an orderly dispersal of patrons at the terminal hour as it was asserted that seeing other people sat in the takeaway, additional customers would attempt to enter the premises beyond the stated closing time. In response, Mr Abuaassi suggested that he would take no additional food orders after 4am and would warn customers ten minutes before the premises was due to close. He added that he wished to cooperate fully with the Licensing Service, Police and others  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.