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ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
To elect a Chairman for the Sub-Committee B meeting.
Cllr Simon Inchbald was elected Chairman for this meeting of Licensing Sub-Committee B.
DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS
To receive from Members declarations of interest in relation to any items included on the agenda for this meeting, in accordance with the Waverley Code of Local Government Conduct.
Cllr Tony Gordon-Smith declared an interest in Agenda Item 3 as a friend of The Clockhouse. He had no influence over its management.
PART I - RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE
There were no matters falling within this category.
PART II - MATTERS OF REPORT
The background papers relating to the following report items in Part II are as specified in the agenda for the Committee.
The purpose of the report is to enable the Sub-Committee to consider an application from The Clockhouse for a new premises licence for The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey GU8 5EZ, where five valid representations have been received.
The Sub-Committee is requested to consider the application for the grant of a premises licence on its merits.
Having regard to the representations made, the Sub-Committee must take such of the steps outlined below (if any) as it considers appropriate for the promotion of the Licensing Objectives. Those steps are:
· To grant the licence subject to such conditions as are consistent with the operating schedule modified to such extent as the Sub-Committee considers appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives, and any mandatory conditions;
· To exclude from the scope of the licence any of the licensable activities to which the application relates;
· To refuse to specify a person as the premises supervisor;
· To reject the application.
The applicant, represented by the Chairman and a member of the Trustees of The Clockhouse attended the meeting.
The Licensing Manager introduced the report and explained that this was a new application seeking to license the premises of a Day Centre of older people. The application sought permission for the provision of regulated entertainment (indoors only) and to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises only. Five valid representations had been received and a number of objectors were in attendance to present their objections.
The applicant’s representatives then outlined their application which was to obviate the need to submit TENs for events throughout the year as they had previously been doing. The Clockhouse did not envisage increasing the number of events throughout the year and the hours requested were a generalisation to cover different events. It was clarified that the requested hours for the sale of alcohol were as submitted on the application 1100 to 2300 Monday to Sunday and not 0900 to 2300 as stated in the covering report.
Following questions from the Sub-Committee The Clockhouse representatives said they would accept a condition to reduce the hours for all licensable activities (other than the sale of alcohol), and accepted that a Trustee or member of staff be on duty on the premises when alcohol is available.
The objectors present then made their representations. Their main concern was that the number of events would significantly increase, leading to the potential for public nuisance. The objectors said if the number of events were limited this would significantly allay their concerns. A number of fifteen events per year was suggested and The Clockhouse representatives accepted this as a condition should the licence be granted.
The Council’s Solicitor advised The Clockhouse representatives of the mandatory conditions of the Licensing Act which said that sale of alcohol must be supervised by a Personal Licence Holder, who was the responsibility of the Designated Premises Supervisor. The Clockhouse representatives were given time to read the Licensing Guidelines relating to this.
A condition to ensure that windows and doors, other than those to the rear of the premises, be kept closed after 2000 hours during regulated entertainment events, except for access and egress. This would also be to limit public nuisance noise from music.
Another concern raised by the objectors was parking as The Clockhouse car park could not accommodate the number of cars that could be anticipated at events. The Chairman advised that this was not an issue covered by the Licensing Act unless it was a cause of public safety or public nuisance, which would have to be proved.
The Sub-Committee then WITHDREW at 10.45.
Following the Sub-Committee’s deliberation the meeting resumed at 12.17. The Council’s Solicitor had been asked to advise the Sub-Committee during their deliberation on the wording of their decision.
The Sub-Committee had carefully considered the application for a new premises licence, taking into account the representations received, statutory guidance and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy 2013-2018.
The Sub-Committee noted that ... view the full minutes text for item 7.