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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor R Brunton and seconded by Councillor J Jones that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub–Committee for the meeting.
RESOLVED – that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee for the meeting.
The Sub-Committee agreed to a short adjournment to allow the barrister for the premises licence holder to attend. Following this, the Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed. All those present were introduced.
The Senior Specialist Licensing Officer advised that the review application had been received from Hertfordshire Constabulary on 15 August 2016 regarding the premises licence at Redricks Lakes, Redricks Lane, Sawbridgeworth. The Police were requesting revocation of the licence on the basis that the operation of the premises undermined all four of the licensing objectives.
Members were advised that Environmental Health and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue were supportive of revocation in their capacity as responsible authorities. The options open to Members were set out by the Senior Specialist Licensing Officer.
The Police Barrister confirmed that the application had been made on the basis that the four licensing objectives were being undermined. She emphasised that revocation was an appropriate and proportionate response and she detailed the importance of the roles of premises licence holder and designated premises supervisor (DPS).
The police summarised the events of 26 June 2016 when police had attended Redricks Lakes, having being alerted by noise and vehicles trying to locate the premises to attend the event or to locate the source of the noise. The police were concerned by the extraordinary attitude towards the 4 licensing objectives due to the volume of intoxicated people at Redricks Lakes with minimal supervision whilst cannabis and cocaine were being openly used.
The police played clips of body worn video footage in support of the review application and to demonstrate the lack of lighting plus the proximity of the marquees to the lake, as well as the partial fence protection between the lake and the licensed area.
The Sub-Committee was advised that the event was still ongoing at 2.45 am despite police being assured it would cease at 2 am. The police had allowed the event to continue as resource limitations had prevented them from taking steps to shut the event down.
The police barrister detailed a number of Temporary Event Notices (TENs) that had taken place where there had been failures to understand responsibility and comply with conditions. A dialogue had been ongoing between the police and the holder of the premises licence since 2013 and in spite of this, there remained profound concerns that there was no effective DPS and there never had been. The police answered a number of questions and queries regarding their application.
Representatives of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue referred to a prohibition notice issued to the premises licence holder in respect of the risk of death or serious injury due to the poor standard of general fire safety precautions in the marquee which forms part of the licensed premises. Reference was also made to an enforcement notice for the completion of works to rectify the above shortcomings. The Sub-Committee was advised that there were insufficient measures in place to ensure public safety and the licence should be revoked or ... view the full minutes text for item 19.