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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor R Bolton and seconded by Councillor S Reed that Councillor J Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that Councillor J Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting.
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
21 June 2019
It was proposed by Councillor J Jones and seconded by Councillor R Bolton that the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the application that was received by the Licensing Authority on 31 May 2019.
The Officer advised that the application had been modified to remove recorded music and the only licensable activity being sought by the applicant was the supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises at the following times:
Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 21:30
Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 22:30
The Sub-Committee was advised that the premises would remain open for a further 30 minutes for the sale of soft drinks and drinking up time. The applicant had also committed to Pub Watch and the use of challenge 21/25 policies.
The Officer summarised the other steps the applicant would take to promote the four licensing objectives including digital CCTV, closing but not locking all doors and windows, no smoking or use of the rear outside area and no disposal of bottles, or other refuse, between 21:00 hours and 07:00 hours.
The Sub-Committee was advised that if the application did not undermine the four licensing objectives, then it should be granted. Members were advised that the application of appropriate conditions, a restriction of opening hours or a refusal of the application had to be an evidence based decision that was proportionate and justified.
The applicant was present at the hearing and said that he lived in Hertford. He detailed his experience as a publican and emphasised that he had recognised a gap in the market for the sale of craft beers in Hertford and this was a fast growing segment of the market. He said that the growth of the sales of craft beer was more about offering a great service and a great product rather than encouraging binge drinking.
The applicant said the responsible authorities had not objected to the application and he hoped to bond with the community whilst championing Hertford. He said recorded music had been removed from the application and he would be working with a successful publican who had experience of running the Duncombe Arms in Hertford and The Punch House in Ware.
The applicant confirmed to Councillor S Reed that windows closed in hot weather would be fine as air conditioning units had been installed. He also responded to a query from Councillor R Bolton by stating that there would no rear access to the Crafty Duck. The applicant responded to a query from Councillor J Jones by advising that there would be no provision of a smoking area or any provision for vaping inside or outside the premises.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer advised that the control of recorded music as a licensing activity was only relevant after 11 pm. The residents present stated that noise and music as if from a pop up bar had been heard on a number of occasions and residents had been able to identify where the music was emanating from.