Agenda and minutes

Licensing Act Panel - Monday 17th April 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 4 Civic Suite. View directions

Contact: David Acton 


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Premises Licence Review - Sandhu Convenience Store, 111 Camplea Croft, Fordbridge, B37 5DX pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To consider a review of the premises licence granted in respect of Sandhu Stores, 111 Camplea Croft, Fordbridge, B37 5DX.

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Councillors: Peter Hogarth (Chairman), Jean Hamilton and Martin McCarthy.


Officers: David Acton (Democratic Services), Anne Bettison (Licensing Operations Manager), Santokh Gill (Legal) and Richard Staveley (Trading Standards).


Others: Balwinder Singh Chhokar (Designated Premises Supervisor), Simranjit Kaur  Chhokar and Adrian Curtis (Legal Representative).


The Licensing Act Panel was invited to review the premises licence in respect of Sandhu Convenience Store, 111 Camplea Croft, Fordbridge, B37 5DX, following an application made by Solihull Council Trading Standards and Environment Manager.


The Council’s Licensing Operations Manager presented the report that detailed the facts of the case and the report as submitted was taken as read. She advised that West Midlands Police confirmed they had nothing to add to their statement.


The Council’s Trading Standards and Environment Manager advised that since the report was compiled the Designated Premises Supervisor had agreed to suggested conditions and implemented actions to demonstrate compliance with his licence conditions and, therefore, he withdrew his request seeking a four weeks’ suspension of the licence.


The legal representative advised that Mr Chhoka had been a personal licence holder for over twenty years and, since the incident of an under-age sale, had undertaken refresher training and refined processes to better demonstrate compliance with licensing conditions. He confirmed that the proposed conditions made by Mr Staveley, and endorsed by West Midlands Police, were being implemented and produced documentary evidence to support. He also indicated an intention for Ms Simranjit Kaur Chhoka to make application to become the Designated Premises Supervisor.



The Panel carefully considered all oral and written representations and were pleased that the proposed conditions by the Trading Standards and Environment Manager had been accepted by the designated premises supervisor.


As the store had agreed the proposed conditions and the fact that there had been no previous review or warnings, the Panel, on this occasion, decided to neither suspend nor revoke the premises licence. They did not feel it was appropriate to remove the DPS on this occasion and noted that the owners were looking to apply for a voluntary transfer of the DPS in any event.


To help prevent further breaches of the licensing objectives the following licence conditions be added to the premises licence for Sandhu Convenience Store:-


A current list of the persons whom the DPS has authorised to sell alcohol at the shop will be kept updated and displayed behind the counter.


All alcohol sold will be supplied with a label identifying the store and placed in a bag clearly marked with the premises’ name and address.


Prevention of Crime and Disorder

CCTC covering the interior and exterior of the premises will be installed and shall be kept operational at all times that the premises are open to the public.

·  It shall be capable of taking a head and shoulders shot of persons entering the premises, of recording images to an evidential standard in any light and be capable of storing images  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.