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Cllrs Adrian Lee and Sohan Sangha sent apologies for absence.
Cllr Elizabeth Hughes declared that as a socialist and feminist she was opposed to the sex entertainment industry in any form. These deeply held views would lead her to automatically vote against the application as a matter of conscience and so she was unable to hear the application fairly. Cllr Hughes left the meeting at that point.
Application for the Grant of a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence.
Please see the report by the Director of Environment (Agenda Item 2)
The applicant, Mr Onkar Rai, attended the hearing along with his barrister Mr Michael Bromley-Martin QC and solicitor Ms Lana Tricker, the premises general manager Mr Gazmend Ejupi, premises head of security Mr Philip Alexander and dancers Ms Kristiana Bourne and Ms Elouise Jayne. PC Simon Lawrence, Hounslow Police Licensing Officer attended and gave evidence on behalf of the applicant. Chief Inspector Robert Wilson, Borough Liaison Officer attended on behalf of the Metropolitan Police to object to the application and up to 20 interested parties who had raised objections to the application also attended.
Nigel Farmer, Head of Business Regulations, presented the report and advised that since the report had been prepared the establishment had changed its name from Redd Lips to Kaprice. Cllr John Todd stated that Mr Farmer had not referred to the Customer Code of Conduct; Mr Farmer acknowledged that there was a Customer Code of Conduct in the pack of additional information supplied by the applicant and Mr Bromley-Martin stated that he would address items in the report when it was his turn to speak. The applicant agreed that the report was correct.
Chief Inspector Robert Wilson, Borough Liaison Officer, Metropolitan Police, spoke on behalf of the police representation. He advised that the police objected to the application on the grounds that the premises were in a recognised hotspot for crimes of violence and robbery and the police were working hard to turn this around. He described the area around Bell Corner as one of the worst parts of the town centre which had seen a disproportionate level of crimes such as mugging for too long, adding that there were particular problems regarding certain pubs and betting shops. Ch Insp Wilson advised that police were determined to reverse this trend and were targeting licensing issues, trying to get a dispersal zone and were working on youth crime which he described as being particularly bad. Police had an especially high visibility presence on certain dates such as Halloween, 5 November and ends of terms and also regularly met with residents to hear concerns as part of their determination to reduce crime and reassure the public. He stated that police supported the Town Centre Masterplan and wanted people to feel safe when coming into the town centre.
Ch Insp Wilson said that police concerns fell into two main areas: that people coming out of the club could be attacked and that the presence of the club could have a detrimental effect on the character of the area.
He urged the Committee to impose suitable conditions if they granted the licence to limit the effect on the neighbourhood and stated that the police wished for people to be able to come into the town centre and enjoy themselves without becoming victims of crime.
Cllr Brad Fisher acknowledged that the police had a strong presence on weekend evenings but asked when the police had ... view the full minutes text for item 8.