Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday 4th November, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

Contact: Peter Mannings  Tel: (01279) 502174 Email:  peter.mannings@eastherts.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

28.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor M McMullen and seconded by Councillor T Page, that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman for the meeting.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED – that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman for the meeting.

29.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting.  The Chairman explained a number of housekeeping arrangements in relation to fire exits and toilet facilities.

30.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To move that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting during discussion of  item 9 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act of the following description:

 

1.  “ Information relating to an individual”.

Minutes:

That, pursuant to Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that the business was likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act (as amended).

31.

Temporary Events Notice at Goldings Estate Rare Breeds Farm, Golding Way, Herts

Please note that the report and supporting Essential Reference Papers contains exempt information and is not available for publication.

 

 

Minutes:

In summarising the application the Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer commented that it was for a Temporary Event Notice for an event including the sale of alcohol to be held on 10 November 2019 from 12.30pm to 8.00pm for up to 400 people.

 

The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer commented that a representation had been received from the Police setting out concerns in relation to: unlawful substances at the applicant’s home address; a criminal record for dishonesty; a stabbing at the premises; escape of animals from the farm onto public roads; and provision of parking for the event. No representation had been received from the Environmental Health department as there were no plans for amplified entertainment.

 

The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer commented that the Panel should decide whether the application would promote or undermine the four statutory Licensing objectives and, if it was determined that it would undermine these objectives, the application should be refused.

 

The Chair confirmed that all Members of the Panel had received the applicant’s submitted evidence.

 

The applicant spoke at length in support of her application and commented that:

 

·                        The planned event was a delayed ‘Octoberfest’ with beer and sausages to celebrate the joining of 3 businesses and her own model of conservation farming.

·                        It would be a ticket-only family event. Attendees would mostly be adults over the age of 30 with associated children and there would be a separate area for children, with arts and crafts and appropriate unamplified musical entertainment.

·                        She had taken advice from the NFU in relation to the event and there would be a separation of at least two fences between attendees and any farm animals.

·                        There would be 40 marshals at the event in addition to 11 registered security staff.

·                        There were no parking restrictions on North Road adjacent to the planned entrance and there were few cars parked on that road on a Saturday. The road could therefore be use for parking for the event.

·                        Plans for a previous event scheduled for 26 October 2019 had been shelved following initial concerns and all ticket holders for that event had been fully refunded and would be invited to this new event free of charge to protect the reputation of her business.

·                        In planning the event she had worked closely with the Licensee of the event and with a compere of the Hertford Music Festival.

·                        The finish time of the event could be reviewed but would be shortly after dusk.

 

In response to points raised by the Police in relation to her application for a previous event the applicant stated that the allegation that she had been running a cannabis farm on the premises were false and Sgt Fitzgerald had accepted that he had mistakenly confused her with her neighbour who also ran a farm. Sgt Fitzgerald confirmed this was the case. The applicant felt it was important to make that clarification.

 

In making representation on behalf of the Police, Sgt Fitzgerald commented that:

 

·                        He was concerned at the apparent  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.