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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor Mrs R Cheswright and seconded by Councillor J Jones that Councillor G Cutting be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
RESOLVED – that Councillor G Cutting be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
The Chairman referred to the 4 licensing objectives and outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced. The Licensing Officer advised that the application was for the full variation of the Premises Licence at Club 7, 7 Station Road, Bishop’s Stortford, a venue known previously as The Fountain.
Members were advised that the application to vary the premises licence was received on 24 August 2017, but the application had been invalidated due to incorrect advertising. The applicant had corrected the error and the application was subsequently revalidated with the last date for objections re-calculated as 21September 2017.
The Licensing Officer stated that the application sought to vary the current licence to extend licensable activities and operating hours and to amend some of the licence conditions. 2 objections had been received from a local resident and a nearby business.
The resident had referred to noise nuisance and how this would affect their quality of life. The resident had also referred to the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety. The business had referred to the non-promotion of the licensing objectives and, in particular, the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance.
The Licensing Officer concluded that Members must have regard to the application, relevant representations and the East Herts Licensing Policy and The Revised Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Members could take steps as they believed appropriate for the promotion of the relevant Licensing Objectives, having considered the individual merits of the case. Regarding this application, the Sub-Committee had the following options:
· grant the application in full;
· grant the application amended as appropriate (for example with modified conditions, timings or activities); or
· refuse the application.
The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) stated that he believed that one of the objectors was a serial complainer. Members were advised that no one had confirmed that the noise from Club 7 was excessive. The application was to put this premises on a level playing field with Bacchus as the nearest commercial rival. The DPS pointed out that Club 7 could meet the 4 licensing objectives as effectively as Bacchus. He reminded the Sub-Committee that it was difficult for licensed premises to satisfy all residents all of the time.
Councillor Mrs R Cheswright commented on 2 incidents involving the police. The DPS confirmed that the police had been involved regarding one incident but the victim had been unwilling to work with the police in identifying the culprit. The other incident had resulted in people being asked to leave the premises.
The DPS advised that the clientele of Club 7 were a nice crowd that included airline workers, particularly on Monday evenings. Following a further query from Councillor Mrs R Cheswright, the DPS confirmed that no weapons had been involved in the incident and thorough searches were made of customers and ID scanning was in place. The premises had also subscribed to the Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) initiative.
The DPS confirmed to Councillor J Jones ... view the full minutes text for item 16.