Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday 4th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

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No. Item


Appointment of Chairman


It was proposed by Councillor B Crystall and seconded by Councillor S Reed that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman for the meeting.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.


RESOLVED – that Councillor D Andrews be appointed Chairman for the meeting.


Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman apologised to those in attendance regarding the problems with the Council Chamber door.  He asked that if the Fire Alarm went off to follow Officers who would escort them from the building.  He asked all those present to turn off their personal devices.  The Chairman introduced Members of the Sub-Committee and explained the decision making process.


Application for a Variation of a Premises Licence for Deco Lounge, 16-20 Parliament Square, Hertford pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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


The Chairman explained that with Members’ consent he would like to adjourn the meeting in order to visit the site.  He confirmed that there would be no discussion on the visit and that any questions would be discussed when the meeting was reconvened. 


The meeting was adjourned at 10.15am for the purpose of the site visit and reconvened at 10.45am.


The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the application that was received by the Licensing Authority on 17 July 2019.


The Chairman stated that during the site visit there were no discussions with the applicant. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer who had accompanied confirmed this.


The Solicitor presented the application on behalf of the applicant and summarised the business case behind the request to vary the licensing hours.  He acknowledged the objections from local residents and business owners and explained how their Security Industry Authority SIA door staff had worked closely with police to provide assistance on more than one occasion.  The Solicitor summarised their security arrangements, their involvement with Pub Watch and commented on issues in the past with bottle drops and the changes with regard to the hours for collection.  The Solicitor explained that the issue of precedent was not a relevant consideration but that the issue around disorder around closing time was relevant.  The Solicitor explained the additional condition relating to dispersal arrangements which supported the Council’s Licensing Policy.


Councillor S Reed sought and was provided with clarification regarding security arrangements, the shared arrangements with other businesses regarding the back yard and the role of SIA staff.  


Councillor B Crystall sought and was provided with clarification on the arrangements regarding those patrons using the bar and the capacity of the basement which was limited to a maximum of 200 persons.  The applicant provided a summary supporting the application for a variation, addressing issues such as the supervision of the smoking area, help provided by SIA staff, requests for private events, the request for late night refreshments, dispersal and ownership arrangements. 


Residents were invited to comment on the application and their concerns referred to noise and disturbance, a person being taken out of the rear of the premises, damage to property (including broken windows), inappropriate behaviour of patrons under the influence at dispersal times and the cumulative effects of a number of premises with late night opening and the effect this had on residents’ lives.  A resident explained that she had rung 999 twice because of incidents and there was a need to protect children from harm.  Residents explained the arrangements regarding the gate at the front which could not be locked.


An event on the early morning of 25 August 2019 was cited when there had been a lot of noise and inappropriate behaviour.  The applicant explained that DECO had closed at 2am.


The Environmental Health dispersal policy was explained.  Councillor J Goodeve said that the staggered dispersal protracted noise nuisance in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.