Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Wednesday, 14th June, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions

Contact: Ian Smith 

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Summary Review Interim Steps - Vision, 58 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW pdf icon PDF 119 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:


The Hearing Panel considered a report from the Directorof Planning, Building Control and Licensing concerning the above application.  The written papers and oral representations of the parties who attended were also considered, as well as the relevant legislation.


GMP addressed the Hearing Panel and stated that their application was submitted under Section 51 of the Licensing Act regarding concerns over serious violent crime and serious disorder. The licence at Vision Club is in the name of the company YDS UK. Regarding the incident, GMP read their report verbatim from the agenda issued whilst raising that this recent incident came after a previous violent incident only 10 weeks prior. The Hearing Panel had added a condition at this previous Summary Review hearing for the club to operate with knife/metal detector wands. This was extremely concerning as now this latest incident had seen a brawl escalate within the club and then continue in the street where two individuals were stabbed, one victim having been reported as being in and out of consciousness due to the injuries sustained. GMP had concerns around further violence at Vision and the safety of staff and customers.


In responding to questions from the Premises representative, GMP stated that it could not be confirmed at the time whether the offenders had taken weaponry into the club, that they were able to obtain the weapons quickly and that this information was pending further investigation. GMP stated that they had not seen the CCTV footage mentioned by Premises’s representative regarding an individual putting gloves on in the street prior to the stabbings.


In responding to questions from the Hearing Panel, GMP stated that the phone call alerting the police to the incident was made on a mobile telephone number and that GMP were not aware of any extra CCTV footage.


The Premises representative addressed the Hearing panel and stated that it was regrettable to see another incident of violent crime break out at the venue so soon after the previous incident. The representative, DPS and General Manager all agreed that they were not resisting any potential suspension but felt that concerns about whether the offenders were inside the club with knives was debatable. They would work with GMP and check over all the evidence as the premises may not be at fault. The evening in question was a busy and popular night in the city centre as the Champion’s League final had seen Manchester City win the treble and the Parklife festival was also running. As soon as the fight started, the club made the decision to close and customers were moved out onto the street. Trouble continued and the CCTV had shown people leaving and returning and one assailant putting on gloves. It was possible that the offenders had left to get the knife from elsewhere and the representative stated that since the condition was added for the club to operate with wands, this had been followed stringently. All information regarding the assaults was fully agreed by the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.