Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday 20th May, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

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

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor J Jones and seconded by Councillor B Crystall that Councillor T 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 T Page be appointed Chairman for the meeting.

2.

Minutes - 3 April 2019 pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:

 

3 April 2019

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor T Page and seconded by Councillor J Jones that the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 April 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 3 April 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.

Application for New Premises Licence for Stone Valley South, Hillside Farm, Hillside Lane, Great Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9SH pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed.  All those present were introduced.  The Service Manager (Licensing and Enforcement) summarised the application made under the Licensing Act 2003 for a festival called ‘Stone Valley South’ to take place at the venue in fields adjacent to Hillside Farm, Hillside Lane, Great Amwell.

 

He detailed the licensable activities being sought by the applicant as part of a request for a new premises licence from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May 2019.

 

The Sub-Committee was advised that representations had been received from the Police and from Environmental Health as Responsible Authorities and 35 representations had also been received from interested parties.  The representations included concerns that this application would undermine all 4 of the licensing objectives.

 

The Service Manager stated that 10 comments had been received in support of the application.  Following an amendment to the application, including changing the event to a time limited licence for one year, Environmental Health had withdrawn their representations.  Members were advised that negotiations had been ongoing right up until the day of this Sub-Committee hearing.

 

The Sub-Committee was advised that the traffic management plan was evolving and it was for Hertfordshire County Council to judge whether the plan was adequate and appropriate.  The event would not go ahead if the traffic management plan was not agreed.  The traffic management plan would serve to prevent unreasonable traffic impact and keep people safe.

 

At this point, the Chairman commented on the prevention of public nuisance and public safety.  The Applicant’s legal representative stated that the applicant had 9 years’ experience and was a very experienced licensing operator.  The applicant was content to sign up to the police conditions endorsing the event management plan.  This event was for this year only and the applicant wished to run the event in a way that did not result in crime and disorder or undermine public safety.

 

In respect of the Parish Council objections, the Applicant’s legal representative confirmed that very strict measures would be in effect and no alcohol would be allowed to be taken off site and only limited amounts were permitted in the campsite area.  Members were advised that a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and psychoactive substances, also known as ‘legal highs’, would be in effect and all of this would be managed by Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed security staff.

 

The Sub-Committee was assured that children at the nearby school would be safe from harm as it was unlikely that there would be any interaction between the children and those arriving to attend the festival.

 

The Applicant’s legal representative advised that litter would not affect the wider community as litter management would be in effect on the site and the site would be restored to its original condition after the festival.  The issue of noise nuisance had been resolved with Environmental Health and this objection had been withdrawn.

 

The Applicant’s legal representative explained that maximum sound levels had been agreed with Environmental Health and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Urgent Business

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chairman of the meeting, is of sufficient urgency to warrant consideration and is not likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information.

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that there was a matter of urgent business in the form of 6 Temporary Event Notices for Stone Valley Festival South at Hillside Farm, Pepper Hill, Great Amwell.

5.

Premises User Alex Hutchinson - 6 Temporary Event Notices For Stone Valley Festival South, Hillside Farm, Pepper Hill, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RZ pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Housing and Health submitted a report inviting the Sub-Committee to consider 6 contested Temporary Event Notices (TENs).  Members were advised that as a premises license had now been approved by the Sub-Committee, Members could transpose the conditions onto the 6 TENs applications.

 

At the conclusion of the closing submissions, the Sub-Committee, the Local Authority’s Legal Advisor and the Democratic Services Officer withdrew to allow Members to consider the evidence.

 

Following this, Members, the Local Authority’s Legal Advisor and the Democratic Services Officer returned and the Chairman announced that the Sub-Committee were satisfied that by imposing all of the conditions currently in existence on the premises licence, would be consistent with the four licensing objectives to allow the 6 temporary event notices to proceed.

 

The Local Authority’s Legal advisor advised that the conditions imposed onto the 6 TENs were not capable of being amended post the granting of the TENs, meaning that any subsequent revocation of the premises licence at appeal would not result in the removal of those conditions from the TENs themselves.

 

RESOLVED – that the 6 Temporary Event Notices for Stone Valley South, Hillside Farm, Hillside Lane, Great Amwell, Ware be allowed to proceed.