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Appointment of Chairman
It was moved by Councillor J Jones and seconded by Councillor C Wilson, 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.
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
4 November 2019
26 November 2019
It was moved by Councillor C Wilson and seconded by Councillor J Jones that the Minutes of the meetings held on 4 November and 26 November 2019 each be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, this motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meetings held on 4 November and 26 November 2019 each 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 for a review of the Premises Licence for Jungle Bar, 117 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AX.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer drew Members’ attention to the report and said that the application had been made by Police Sergeant Fitzgerald from Hertfordshire Constabulary, as a responsible authority.
The Sub-Committee was advised that the applicant had made the application due to alleged year on year increase in crime since 2017. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the police were concerned with crowd congestion spilling into the road from the smoking area and pavement in the vicinity of The Jungle Bar was, in the opinion of the applicant, compromising public safety.
He also said that residents stated they were experiencing disturbance in the form of litter, urination, noise and broken glass between the hours of 00:30 hours and 03:00 hours. The applicant had called the review on the grounds of the Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Public Safety and the Prevention of Public Nuisance.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that Public Health supported the review application and one representation had been received from a local Councillor regarding the impact of the premises on residents. A number of representations had been received in support of the premises, both from residents and non-residents of East Herts.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the Premises Licence Holder (PLH) had responded to the crime reports provided by the Police and had also referred to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) live music report which had been released on 19 March 2019.
The Sub-Committee was advised that the PLH had proposed a number of conditions for the licence, including the provision of 2 Security Industry Authority (SIA) Street Marshalls between the hours of 12 am and 4 am and intoxication identification training for staff every 6 months. The PLH had also offered to have two Premises Licence Holders on duty from 11 pm and to maintain an ID scanner and to provide CCTV to Hertfordshire Constabulary if Police wished to view CCTV footage.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the Sub-Committee Members had visited the area in the early hours and also on Tuesday 28 January in the afternoon. The actions open to the Sub-Committee included adding conditions, changing the hours or taking no action. The Sub-Committee should only take the minimum actions required to satisfy the four licensing objectives and the decision of the Sub-Committee had to be evidence based and justified to protect the licensing objectives.
Police Sergeant Fitzgerald said that since the hours of operation of the Jungle Bar had been varied in 2017, the Police considered there had been a year on year increase. He detailed the current hours of operation of Jungle Bar.
Sergeant Fitzgerald detailed the hours of operation of Popworld and Cinnabar and questioned how crime ... view the full minutes text for item 40.