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Appointment of Chairman
It was moved by Councillor Stevenson and seconded by Councillor Goldspink that Councillor Page be appointed Chairman for the meeting. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that Councillor Page be appointed Chairman for the meeting.
The Chairman referred to a number of housekeeping matters.
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
30 January 2020
11 February 2020
It was moved by Councillor Goldspink and seconded by Councillor Stevenson that the Minutes of the meetings held on 30 January and 11 February 2020 each be confirmed as correct records 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 30 January and 11 February 2020 each be confirmed as correct records 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 submitted on 30 December 2019 for a new premises licence by Wanasee Ltd (Stone Valley South) for events in a field adjacent to Hillside Farm, Hillside Lane, Great Amwell, Ware.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the applicant intended to have 2 events each year on separate weekends in May and August. The application was for the following licensable activities:
The Sub-Committee was advised that the conditions proposed by applicant included an Event Management Plan (EMP) to be submitted to the responsible authorities no later than 10 April each year and to the Safety Advisory Group/ This plan will seek to satisfy all requirements and concerns of each authority.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer referred to drugs being prohibited, a leave no trace policy and challenge 25 policy being in place. A traffic management plan would also have to submitted by 10 April each year and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) security team would be expected to wear body worn cameras. The Sub-Committee were advised that the event would have a capacity of 3000.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that 3 Environmental Health Conditions detailed in paragraph 3.10 of the report had been agreed as such Environmental Health had withdrawn their representation.
The police had also made a representation and requested 30 police conditions detailed on pages 85 to 94 to promote the licensing objectives.
Five representations had also been received from interested parties under public safety and to prevent public nuisance Licensing objective. The Sub-Committee was advised that a particular concern was that there should be no public access from Hillside Lane.
The Senior Specialist and Licensing Officer said that Members must be satisfied that the application, if granted, would promote the licensing objections and would not undermine them. The Sub-Committee was advised that Members should grant the licence as requested if the application did not undermine the licensing objectives.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer emphasised that any action taken by the Sub-Committee should be appropriate and proportionate in order to promote the licensing objectives. The decision of the Sub-Committee must also be evidence based and justified.
Councillor Page questioned why the EMP and associated traffic management plan had not been submitted given that the application had been submitted on 30 December 2019.
The applicant said that Stone Valley South in 2020 would be an identical event to that which had been held in 2019. He said that the same conditions and operating schedule could be applied. He concluded that the ... view the full minutes text for item 45.