The Sub-Committee considered a review of a premises
licence, in respect of The Portobello Inn 139 Bransford Road
Worcester Worcestershire WR2 4EZ (the Premises).
At the start of the meeting, the Chair made the following
“Presentations to the Sub-Committee are not given
under oath. However, I would like to remind all parties that the
highest standards are expected and any deviation from these high
standards could possibly influence any decision of the
All parties at the hearing were introduced. The
Applicant’s representative, Cllr Amos, and the
Respondent’s Legal Representative, Mr Gunert, confirmed they
were satisfied with the proposed procedure.
The hearing was then temporarily adjourned to allow parties
to consider additional information which had been provided the last
working day before the meeting, and on the day of the meeting
itself, by both the Applicant and the Respondent. The panel were
given the opportunity to view video evidence submitted by the
Applicant during the adjournment, with the agreement of all
The hearing was reconvened. One of the original panel
members had been taken unwell in the intervening period and had
been replaced. The Chair suggested that introductions be made
again, for the benefit of the new panel member.
The Applicant for the review was represented by Cllr Amos
who spoke on his behalf. Cllr Amos requested that the panel be
aware that video evidence of noise-related issues arising from the
Premises would not necessarily replicate the volume residents were
experiencing at the time.
The Senior Practitioner – Licensing presented the
report on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services. On
27 May 2022, a joint application was received by the Council, from
Mr Hawker and several residents (‘the Applicant’) who
live in the vicinity of Bransford Road, requesting a formal review
of the premises licence issued in respect of The Portobello
The review request related to the ‘prevention of
crime and disorder’ and the ‘prevention of public
nuisance’ licensing objectives, and had been requested by the
Applicant largely on the basis of complaints from local residents
about noise and anti-social behaviour at the Premises.
The licence for the Premises was held by Marstons. The
Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) was Ms Ruth Yufai. The Senior
Practitioner – Licensing explained that the premises licence
already had conditions attached, and that an Action Plan had been
put in place following a number of complaints from local residents
representations had been received during the consultation period
from local residents in support of the Premises.
All parties were offered the opportunity to ask questions
of the Senior Practitioner – Licensing.
The Applicant’s representative was invited to address
Cllr Amos explained that the review had been requested due
to anti-social behaviour taking place at the Premises. He drew the
Sub-Committee’s attention to the bundle of 100+ papers
submitted by the Respondent on the last working day before the
hearing, which he believed to be discourteous and an attempt to
avoid close scrutiny.
The Council’s Legal Advisor advised the Sub-Committee
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