Agenda and minutes

Online Meeting, Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday 6 January 2021 9:45 am

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No. Item


Appointment of Chair


Moved by Councillor Thompson, seconded by Councillor George and


Resolved, that Councillor Wehring be appointed ‘chair’ for the duration of the meeting.  


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.



To confirm that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2020 are a correct record.


Resolved, that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 14 December 2020 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.


Laxmi – 90 Tolworth Broadway, Surbiton, KT6 7HT pdf icon PDF 6 MB


The Licensing Officer introduced the matter for determination and confirmed that on 10 November 2020 the Metropolitan Police, as Responsible Authority, served on the Licensing Authority an application for a Review of the Premises Licence for Laxmi, 90 Tolworth Broadway, Surbiton, KT6 7HT held by Laxmi & Sisters Limited. The Premises Licence permits the provision of regulated entertainment (recorded music) and late night refreshment from 23:00 to midnight daily and the sale by retail of alcohol (for consumption on the premises) from 10:00 hours to 00:00 midnight daily.

The application stated that a Review of the Premises Licence had been initiated in order to address the Premises Licence Holder’s repeated failure to comply with the authorisations and conditions of the Premises Licence, these actions were stated to have undermined the Prevention of Crime and Disorder and the Prevention of Public Nuisance Licensing Objectives.

The Licensing Officer confirmed that a public notice about the Review had been displayed on a lamppost next to the premises, and that officers had checked to ensure that the notice remained in place for the duration of the consultation period. A notice had also been displayed on the Council’s noticeboard in the main Guildhall building.

All responsible authorities had received a copy of the Review application and the Licensing Authority, in its capacity as Responsible Authority, had made a representation to the application. As required by the Council’s Licensing Policy, 334 addresses were contacted in writing and advised that a Review application had been received. Eleven representations had been received from Other Parties, one in support of the Review application and ten in support of the Premises Licence Holder. The representation in support of the Review application made reference to matters that relate to the prevention of public nuisance Licensing Objective.

The Sub-Committee were then addressed by PC Lee Hopkins and the Counsel for the Metropolitan Police, Mr Reichhold, who outlined reasons for initiating the review, as set out in the agenda papers before the Licensing Sub-Committee. In summary, Mr Reichhold referred to the timeline of events from 22 March 2019 to 13 October 2020 which included serious incidents involving a customer brandishing a knife in a fight (22 March 2019) and affray involving 10 customers involved in a brawl where chairs were thrown into the street (9 November 2019); non-provision of CCTV to the Police in relation to those and other incidents; ignoring verbal advice and written warnings from both the Police and the Licensing Authority about breaches of numerous licence conditions, in particular the continuous breaches of the licence condition requiring alcohol to be sold and supplied only with a table meal (restaurant condition), even after the refusal by the Licensing Sub-Committee to vary the Premises Licence to remove the restaurant conditions on 2 occasions;  complaints received about late night noise and outside smoking; and breaches of Covid-19 regulations.   

The Licensing Sub-Committee noted that the Premises Licence Holder (PLH) is Laxmi and Sisters Ltd, whose sole director is Mr Paul Mathimaran who was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair


There were no urgent items.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following matters may be considered in private if the Committee agrees that, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public are excluded from the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that exempt information, as defined in paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act, would be disclosed.  This paragraph covers information relating to any individual.



The motion to exclude press and public was not required.