Agenda and minutes
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No apologies had been received.
Notification of Substitute Members
Councillor Hinder was present as a Substitute Member.
Election of Chairman
RESOLVED: That Councillor English be elected as the Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by Members or Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
RESOLVED: That all items be taken in public as proposed, except for the Sub-Committee’s deliberations which would take place in closed session.
The persons participating in the hearing were identified as follows:
Chairman – Councillor English
Committee Member – Councillor Hinder
Committee Member – Councillor Springett
Legal Advisor –Helen Ward
Democratic Services Officer – Miss Oliviya Parfitt
Senior Licensing Officer – Lorraine Neale
Applicant – Mr Peter Olliver
Applicant’s Witness – Kerrie Gibson
Other Parties – Mr Alex Dimmick
All parties confirmed that they were aware of the Sub-Committee haring procedure and had each received a copy of the hearing procedure document.
The Sub-Committee confirmed that they had read the papers and the additional documentation provided by the other parties.
The Chairman explained that:
· The Sub-Committee would allow all parties to put their case fully and make full submissions within a reasonable time frame.
· The Procedure would take the form of a discussion led by the Sub-Committee and they would usually permit cross-examination within a reasonable timeframe.
· Any person attending the hearing who behaved in a disruptive manner may be directed to leave the hearing by the Sub-Committee (including temporarily) after which, such person may submit to the Sub-Committee any information which that person would have been entitled to give orally had the person not been required to leave the meeting. If this was not possible, they may be permitted to speak at the Chairman’s invitation.
The Senior Licensing Officer introduced the report and outlined the requested hours for the provision of live and recorded indoor music and alcohol. The purpose of the licence would be to allow the premises to operate as a wedding venue.
One objection had been received and was contained within Appendix 3 to the report. The objection expressed concerns relating to public nuisance and public safety, specifically an increase in inappropriate behaviour and noise nuisance. There were concerns that the local road network was unsuited to the increased number of vehicles that would be visiting the site, with no pavements to secure the safety of pedestrians.
The Senior Licensing Officer stated that the objector had submitted a response to the applicant’s initial response to their concerns, which had been shared with the Sub-Committee.
The applicant was invited to make their opening statement and stated that drivers had to undertake due diligence in navigating the local area, but that pedestrians and car were able to pass one another. It was not felt that the level of traffic would be significantly impacted if the licence was granted. The venue would only be accessible to the attendees’ vehicles for a short amount of time, with an hour given as an example, after which time the gates would be closed.
The applicant’s witness was invited to make their opening statement and referenced the multiple temporary event notices that had been used in the past. No complaints had been received.
In response to questions from the Sub-Committee Members, the applicant confirmed that the road referred to, which led up to the venue, was a single-track road for approximately 200 metres. There were passing points in place to aid traffic flow. The applicant’s ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
DURATION OF MEETING
10.05 a.m. to 11.03 a.m.
Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances and technical issues the meeting commenced at 10.05 a.m.