Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (2) - Monday 9th November, 2015 10.00 am

Venue: Rooms 1A, 1B & 1C - 17th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6 QP. View directions

Contact: Jonathan Deacon  Email: Tel: 020 7641 2783

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The Head of Legal and Democratic Services to report any changes to the membership.


There were no changes to the membership.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.


William Hill, 357 Harrow Road, W9 pdf icon PDF 57 MB



Ward / Stress Area

Site Name and Address


Licensing Reference Number


Harrow Road Ward / not in stress area

William Hill, 357 Harrow Road, W9

Review a Betting (Other) Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005






Thursday 9th November 2015


Membership:              Councillor Nickie Aiken (Chairman), Councillor Peter Freeman and Councillor Murad Gassanly


Legal Adviser:             Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:            Chris Wroe

Committee Officer:     Jonathan Deacon


Representations:                         The Metropolitan Police Service and 50 local residents, including 3 Councillors.


Also Present:    Mr Kerry Simpkin and Mr Nick Nelson (Licensing Authority), PC Bryan Lewis (Metropolitan Police), PC Iain Armstrong (Metropolitan Police Harrow Road Safer Neighbourhoods Team), Ms Debbie Heath (Neighbourhood Problem Solving Co-ordinator), Ms Klaudija Green, City Inspector), Mr Richard Brown (Solicitor, Citizens Advice Bureau Licensing Advice Project, representing Mr Danny Webb, Ms Petra Kaurasia, Ms Maya Vuksa, Mr Andy Watson and Ms Elaine Arthur),Dr Karen Dwyer, Ms Alison Sage, Ms Petra Kaurasia and Mr Andy Watson (local residents – Mr Watson representing the North Paddington Society), Councillor Guthrie McKie (Ward Councillor), Mr Philip Kolvin QC (representing the Licence Holder), Mr Richard Taylor (Solicitor, on behalf of the Licence Holder), Mr Brian Minihane (Senior Planning and Licensing Manager, William Hill) and Mr Adrian Studd (Independent Licensing Consultant instructed to carry out observations of the premises by the Licence Holder).


William Hill, 357 Harrow Road, W9




An application submitted by the Licensing Authority for a review of the premises licence for William Hill, 357 Harrow Road was submitted on 20th July 2015 under section 201 of the Gambling Act 2005.




The Sub-Committee considered all of the material received from the parties involved carefully.  The Sub-Committee also heard submissions and evidence at a hearing lasting for approximately four and a half hours prior to Members retiring to a different room to reach a decision.


The Sub-Committee initially heard from Mr Simpkin, representing the Licensing Authority.  He advised that this was the first application for a review of a betting premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005 that had been brought before the Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.  The decision to do so, he stated, had not been taken lightly.  Mr Simpkin provided the background to the submitting of the review.  The premises first came to the attention of the Licensing Authority following the receipt of a new betting application made by Coral for 381 Harrow Road.  During the consultation period a number of local residents made representations objecting to the Coral application and referred to aspects of the William Hill operation which were causing them concern. Issues raised included those relating to crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour such as alcohol being consumed inside and outside the premises and drug dealing taking place outside the premises.  These were brought to the Sub-Committee’s attention at the hearing of 28 November 2011.  Members had at the hearing taken the view that problems at one betting office should not result in penalizing another such premises in the same area and conditions offered by Coral, represented by Mr Kolvin, had been viewed by Members of the Sub-Committee at that time when they had attached them to the licence as setting a standard for bookmakers in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.