Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday 14th October, 2014 2.00 pm

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No. Item


Appointment of Chairman


It was proposed by Councillor P Ruffles and seconded by Councillor R Beeching that Councillor Mrs D Hone be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub–Committee for the meeting.


RESOLVED – that Councillor Mrs D Hone be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub–Committee for the meeting.


Application by Breeze Bars Ltd for a New Premises Licence at Bacchus, Station Road, Anchor Street, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3BP pdf icon PDF 146 KB

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The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed.  All those present were introduced.


The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer provided a summary of the background to the application.  He advised that comments from Environmental Health had been withdrawn.  The SubCommittee was advised that in September 2014, the applicant had agreed two further conditions with the Police Licensing Officer and these were set out in Essential Reference Paper ‘D’ of the report now submitted.  The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer advised that, during the consultation period, 9 representations against the application had been received.


In response to a query from Councillor P Ruffles, the Senior Specialist Licensing Officer clarified the position in relation to representations by Environmental Health (paragraph 3.2).


The applicant’s Licensing Consultant provided a summary of use of the building, which had been originally built by Chicago Rock Café and stated that the building had been purpose built as an entertainment complex some years ago and had the benefit of appropriate sound insulation. 


It was noted that regular meetings had been held with local residents but levels of attendance had dwindled.  The applicant’s Licensing Consultant suggested that meetings might be held quarterly rather than monthly.


The applicant’s Licensing Consultant reminded the SubCommittee that the Police had not objected to the application.  He stated that there had been no complaints to either the Police or to Environmental Health or about crime and disorder.


The applicant’s Licensing Consultant referred to a number of operational challenges which Bacchus faced as a responsible operator.  He referred the SubCommittee to the current requirement (of two) SIA Door Staff at any one time, adding that on occasions, there were only 20 people on the premises.  In those situations, he suggested that there be 1 door supervisor (up to 100 people) and two door supervisors (up to 200 people).


The applicant’s Licensing Consultant explained why an application had been made and which they believed, would support the promotion of Licensing Objectives from the viewpoint of a staggered dispersal of customers at the end of the evening.  He stated that many of the establishments in Bishop’s Stortford already had extended opening times over key bank holidays such as Christmas and the New Year. 


It was noted by the applicant’s Licensing Consultant that Bacchus had submitted nine temporary events notices and these had allowed Bacchus to stay open until 3.00 am.  There had been no complaints on these occasions and this they felt, substantiated their suggestion that a later opening aided customer dispersal as the time was staggered in terms of the other seven establishments in Bishop’s Stortford and demands for taxis.  The applicant’s Licensing Consultant stated that no entry would be allowed after 2.00 am.  He also stated that a dedicated member of staff would be on duty to identify those who had had too much to drink.


The applicant’s Licensing Consultant referred to correspondence from the Residents’ Association.  He stated that while there might be problems in the area, there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.