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Appointment of Chairman
It was proposed by Councillor J Jones and seconded by Councillor R Brunton that Councillor B Deering be appointed Chairman for the meeting. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED - that Councillor B Deering be appointed Chairman for the meeting.
To approve the Minutes of Previous Sub-Committee meetings:
13 July 2018.
It was moved by Councillor J Jones and seconded by Councillor R Brunton that the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2018 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 13 July 2018 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 made under the Licensing Act 2003. He detailed the Licensable activities being sought by the applicant and the requested hours outlined at paragraph 2.3 of the report submitted.
The Sub-Committee was advised that since the application had been submitted, the applicant had amended the requested hours for all activities and closing on Friday and Saturday nights. On Fridays and Saturdays all licensable activities would cease at 23:45 and the premises would close at midnight.
He set out the steps due to be taken to promote and meet the four licensing objectives. He referred to the proposed conditions including a CCTV system in constant operation during all licensable activities and also ‘Challenge 21’ as an age verification policy.
The Sub-Committee was advised that after 10 pm, the following would apply along with the other conditions which had been agreed with Hertfordshire Constabulary as accepted conditions, as detailed on pages 57 and 58 of the report submitted:
6. After 22:00 hours the following applies to the outside terrace area edged blue on the licence plan:
a. Use as a smoking area only
b. No more than 10 people at any one time
c. No drinks permitted
d. Doors onto the terrace to be kept closed other than for access and egress
The Sub-Committee was advised that the outstanding representations related to the prevention of public nuisance in respect of noise, litter and the consumption of alcohol and these concerns were set out at pages 59 to 61 of the Agenda. The Officer advised that Members could grant the application, impose conditions, reject part or all of the application or amend the application. The decision of the Sub-Committee would have to be evidence based.
Councillor G Cutting, on behalf of the residents who had made representations as the affected persons, referred to their concerns as being solely regarding the use of the outside terrace. The provision of the bowling alley was welcomed. He referred to the letters of objection and concerns regarding a lack of consultation. Residents were concerned, in particular, with the proximity of the rear terrace to the Nicholls Lodge apartments, which were 15 metres from the proposed terrace.
Councillor Cutting referred to concerns regarding loss of amenity and privacy for residents whose apartments faced the area of the terrace. He commented on whether the terrace could be relocated to the front of the proposed bowling alley. He also highlighted the issue of cigarette or vape smoke reaching the apartments and expressed concerns over a lack of engagement with the residents on the part of the applicant.
Councillor Cutting concluded by highlighting the suggested conditions relating to the outside terrace and he commented the doors should be closed aside from ingress and egress. He highlighted the impact this terrace could have on elderly residents who had an expectation of quiet domestic living.
The Solicitor for the applicant explained ... view the full minutes text for item 12.