Licence holder of Shampan4 in Westerham Heights appeals

Published Wednesday, 29 July 2020

The licence holder of a restaurant in Westerham Heights is appealing the council’s decision to suspend the licence for three months following a licensing review.

As part of the licensing legislation, a licence holder has a right of appeal against the suspension decision to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the decision. Details of the hearing date at the Magistrates’ Court are not yet available. The suspension of the Shampan4’s licence in Grays Road followed the Licensing Sub-Committee meeting in June. The application to review the Shampan4’s licence by the council’s licensing team followed a joint licensing, immigration, housing and police operation which took place in March 2020.

Councillor Pauline Tunnicliffe, Chairman, General Purposes and Licensing Committee, who chaired the Licence Panel review meeting said, “We do believe that the council’s decision to suspend the licence was proportionate and was directly related to the seriousness of the evidence that we came across. Clearly we will outline the rationale for our decision to the Magistrates as required in due course and will not comment further before then.”


Notes to editors:

The three month suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeal is heard and therefore the premises may continue to trade during this time.

The decision by the Licensing Sub-Committee to suspend the licence was made having regard to the council’s own current Statement of Licensing Policy and the four licensing objectives, namely the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm as outlined in Licensing Act 2003.

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