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Licensing Sub Committee (ceased to operate 10/04/2017) Minutes

Date:
Monday, 25th November, 2013
Time:
10.00 a.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Paul Kirton(Chair), Cllr Eileen Johnson, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Mr Snowdon, Miss Edwards(DNS), Mrs Pilgrim, Mr Nertney(LD)
In Attendance:
Ms Morgan(Applicant) Mr A Stott(Club Manager), Mrs Lenham (Local Resident)
Item Description Decision
Public
LSC
40/13
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
RESOLVED that Councillor Kirton be appointed Chair for this meeting only.
LSC
41/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
LSC
42/13
LICENSING ACT 2003
APPLICATION FOR VARIATION OF A LICENCE
INGLEBY BARWICK GOLF ACADEMY, THE BISTRO, LULLINGSTONE CRESCENT, INGLEBY BARWICK

RESOLVED that the application be granted as detailed below:

To increase the hours for supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment on a Friday and Saturday.

. To permit the supply of Alcohol On and Off premises - Friday and Saturday 10.00 until 24.00
Regulated Entertainment - Friday and Saturday 07.00 until 24.00
Opening hours to public - Friday and Saturday - 07:00 until 24.30

Preamble

ItemPreamble
LSC
41/13
There were no declarations on interest.
LSC
42/13
Members gave consideration to the report, application and the representations which had been received from two persons. Two local residents who had made representation were in attendance.

Members noted the Applicant's representations that the proposed variation to increase the hours for the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment was in response to public demand and was preferable to making repeated applications for Temporary Event Notices, of which, a maximum of 12 in any one year could be granted. The Applicant's representative submitted that the Applicant had done its best to minimise any disturbance to residents by complying with the provisions in the Premise License and, in order to reassure residents, the Applicant undertook to move the smoking area to face the Golf Course in order to minimise any noise disturbance to residential properties.

The representations from persons living within the vicinity concerned noise nuisance emanating from the premises and alleged anti-social behaviour. Mrs Lenham, on behalf of Mr Stott, explained that this was particularly noticeable on a weekend. Examples of the noise disturbance and anti-social behaviour included loud music, traffic noise, raised voices and incidents of people vomiting and/or urinating in the vicinity of the premise.

Members invited Mr Colin Snowdon, Environmental Health to comment on residents' concerns. Mr Snowdon confirmed that Environmental Health had not submitted an objection due to the fact that even though TEN's had been in place there had been little history of noise complaints. As there had been few complaints received Environmental Health were satisfied that there was sufficient controls in place to address public nuisance.

Members gave weight to the fact that no objections had been raised by the Police or Environmental Health. Nor was there any record of complaints made to the Council about alleged noise nuisance or anti-social behaviour, other than the complaint in 2011 - some 2 years earlier. Members acknowledged the residents' explanation that this was because they had attempted to address the situation informally with the Applicant, Members were not persuaded that the issues with the premise were so severe and there was a lack of independent evidence to corroborate the residents' complaints.

Members were mindful that those persons who made representations may be disappointed with the granting of this variation and wished to remind residents of the conditions which apply to the licence. Should there be any nuisance or other relevant issues in the future, then the Committee would strongly advise that these issues be reported to the Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team as soon as possible on 01642 607943. This was a 24 hour telephone line, which allowed incidents to be reported as they were happening or as soon as possible thereafter. Alternatively, residents may report matters to the Licensing Section on 01642 524802; or Environmental Health on 01642 526575 for general issues or 01642 528034 which was the out of hours number.

Any issues concerning crime and disorder at the premises should be reported to the Police. The Licensing Act 2003 also provided legal routes for local residents to ask for a review of the premises licence should the premise cause problems linked to the four licensing objectives. Applications for a review would have to be supported by evidence.

After giving consideration to all of the evidence and representations made both in writing and orally, Members agreed to grant the variation to the premise license as requested.

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