PART 1 ITEM NO. REPORT OF THE LEAD MEMBER FOR LICENSING REGULATORY PANEL. TO THE LICENSING REGULATORY PANEL ON THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2006 TITLE: White Horse Public House Irlam Appeal RECOMMENDATIONS: To note EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Decision of Salford Magistrates’ Court under Licensing Act 2003 in respect of appeal by White Horse Public House Irlam BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS (Available for public inspection) Premises Licence granted 7th February 2006 by Licensing Authority ASSESSMENT OF RISK N.A. SOURCE OF FUNDING Licence Fee LEGAL ADVICE OBTAINED Tracy Barr Solicitor FINANCIAL ADVICE OBTAINED N.A. CONTACT OFFICER Tracy Barr WARD (S) TO WHICH REPORT RELATES Cadishead KEY COUNCIL POLICIES Salford Licensing Policy Statement DETAILS (Continued Over) This report is to inform Members that the first appeal from a decision of the Licensing Authority under the Licensing Act 2003 came before Salford Magistrates’ Court on 5th September 2006. The appeal was lodged by the premises licence holder of the White Horse Public House in Irlam. It followed a hearing before the Licensing Authority in February when the premises had applied for a 24 hour licence. The application sought the 24 hour sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment of every kind and the maximum period of late night refreshment. Representations had been received from 3 responsible authorities, namely Noise Pollution, Health and Safety and the Police, as well as a number of local residents. At the hearing before the Licensing Authority, some of the representations were withdrawn on the basis that the applicant agreed to abide by a number of conditions. The Licensing Authority heard the evidence presented on the day, considered the written representations and made a decision on the merits of the application before them. Seven months later, when the case came before the Court on appeal, the circumstances were totally different. In essence, only 2 of the original objectors wished to be heard by the Court. On the strength of these objections, the licence holder reached agreement with the objectors and in effect changed the whole substance of the application. The key points involved the licence holder agreeing with the local objectors that he could sell alcohol until 2am, allow consumption for one further hour, provide regulated entertainment until 2.30am indoors and until 11pm outdoors. The agreement incorporated virtually all conditions imposed by the Licensing Authority. The Court made an order in the terms of the agreement. The Court also went on to order the licence holder to pay the Licensing Authority substantial costs. This was on the basis that the appellant could have resolved the issues much sooner and saved the Authority some of its legal costs in preparing the appeal.