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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor P Ballam and seconded by Councillor B Deering that Councillor M McMullen be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
RESOLVED – that Councillor M McMullen be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
25 August and 16 October 2017.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meetings held on 25 August and 16 October 2017 be confirmed as correct records and signed by the Chairman.
The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced. The Licensing Officer advised that the case was a contested Temporary Event Notice (TEN) application at the Wheatsheaf Pub, 28 Northgate End, Bishop’s Stortford.
Members were advised that the date for the proposed temporary event was 15 December 2017 and the premises currently operated as a Public House for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises. The Licensing Officer summarised the application and detailed the temporary activities being requested by the TEN.
The Sub-Committee was advised that Environmental Health had objected to the TEN on the grounds that allowing the premises to be used in accordance with the notice would undermine the Prevention of Public Nuisance licensing objective. The applicant had been in contact with Environmental Health Officers and following this discussion the objection had not been withdrawn.
The Licensing Officer referred to the additional papers that had been circulated prior to the hearing by Democratic Services. He set out the options for the Sub-Committee when determining the application.
Officers from Environmental Health referred to complaints of noise nuisance and they detailed a number of dates where noise nuisance complaints had been received. Members were advised that the Wheatsheaf was located in a residential area and due to the poorly organised layout of the pub, low frequency bass noise from bands or karaoke could be considered to be a noise nuisance and there was residential accommodation opposite the Wheatsheaf.
The Environmental Health Officer advised that as part of noise complaint investigations, on 28 July 2017, whilst a music event was being held at the pub, he had entered a residential property from 9.50 pm and remained there for 90 minutes. Music from the Wheatsheaf had been clearly audible in four separate rooms with the house windows closed throughout the property. He stated that following this visit, no paperwork or schedule of works had been received from the applicant regarding future noise mitigation at the premises.
The applicant confirmed that she had visited a number of nearby residential properties and was not aware of any other residents who had heard noise from the Wheatsheaf aside from the resident who had contacted Environmental Health. She confirmed that windows were often open in the pub during the summer months although they had been closed during the second half of the evening on 28 July 2017. The applicant emphasised that she was not prepared to spend £1700 on a noise assessment to the BS4142 industry standard when she had been advised that such a high standard was not necessary for a pub.
The Environmental Health Officer confirmed that carrying out a noise assessment in line with BS4142 was a recognised British Standard for measuring the impact of commercial noise on background noise levels. Officers confirmed that any competent acoustician would be aware of BS4142 methodology and it could be adapted to allow its basic principles to be applied to these commercial premises.
The applicant confirmed that she did not ... view the full minutes text for item 19.