Kurnia Secure New Premises Licence Less Than Two Months After Previous One Was Revoked
Kurnia Licensing Consultants of Lincolnshire secured a new premises licence for a restaurant in Mablethorpe less than two after a previous licence was revoked.
The premises, Indian Flavour on Mablethorpe’s High Street had it’s premises licence revoked on 2 October 2012 following a review being submitted by Lincolnshire Police as a result of illegal immigrates allegedly working at the premises. The police stated that on four occasions, July 2011, January 2012, April 2012 and June 2012 people at the premises were identified as being overstayers in the UK.
At the hearing in October the licensing sub-committee of East Lindsey District Council were told by Michael Kheng of Kurnia Licensing Consultants, acting for the Indian Flavour Restaurant, that the holder of the premises licence did not knowingly employ any person not permitted to work in the UK nor had UK Boarder Agency taken any action against the holder of the premises licence. The licence was revoked and Kurnia Licensing Consultants immediately lodged an appeal in the Lincolnshire Magistrates court.
Shortly after Kurnia Intertrade Limited, landlords of the restaurant, submitted an application for a new premises licence identical to that which was in place and was revoked. Lincolnshire Police objected to the application being granted and the matter was put before a different licensing sub-committee of East Lindsey District Council on 29 November 2012.
The police objections were identical to the reasons for the previous review although the application was a new application. Lincolnshire Police highlighted that it was important for the sub-committee to look at the history of the premises. Accordingly although the hearing was for a new licence Kurnia had to highlight that persons had to ‘knowingly’ be employed and without a premises licence an offence of this nature could still be committed.
The hearing lasted almost 3 hours with the application finally being granted as applied for. The appeal for the revocation of the former licence has now been withdraw.