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

Date:
Friday, 30th March, 2012
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Phillip Dennis and Cllr Paul Kirton.
Officers:
C Barnes (DNS); J Nertney (LD).
In Attendance:
Wilson Centre Management Committee represented by Mr Wake, Mr Thompson, Mr Rosser and Mr Said, Mr Birch; Mrs Harrison and Mrs Sandbach (local residents).
Apologies for absence:
None.
Item Description Decision
Public
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
RESOLVED that Councillor Paul Kirton be appointed Chair for this meeting only.
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no interests declared.
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THE WILSON CENTRE, DARLINGTON ROAD, LONG NEWTON, STOCKTON-ON-TEES - APPLICATION FOR THE VARIATION OF PREMISE LICENCE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003.
RESOLVED that the application be approved subject to the following conditions attached to the licence:-

1. The number of events when the premise licence shall operate to authorise the supply of alcohol shall be restricted to 12 occasions per calendar year.

2. The Management Committee of the premise must keep a written record of events when they supply alcohol under the premises licence and this record shall be produced to Police/Authorised Licensing Officers on demand.

3. The Management Committee must notify the Council Licensing Section in writing on or before seven days before the commencement of the occasion when they intend to supply alcohol under the premises licence (Note: the written notification may be by e-mail to [email protected]).

4. No bottles or glassware shall be disposed of in bottle bins or other waste receptacles outside the premises after 22:00 hours or before 09:00 hours.
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Preamble

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Members gave consideration to the report, the application and the representations which had been received. A representation had initially been made by Cleveland Police but this had been withdrawn after the applicant agreed to a number of conditions requested by the Police.

Mr Wake on behalf of the Management Committee advised that the application was for the plan of the premises to be updated and for the licence to be varied to include the supply of alcohol between 18:00 to 23:00 hours Monday to Sunday.

Mr Wake asked Members to note that the Police had withdrawn their representation after the Management Committee agreed to amend their application to include the following conditions as requested by the Police, namely:-

1. Every supply of alcohol under the Premises Licence must be made or authorised by the Management Committee.

2. An incident book will be kept and maintained on the premises at all times. The book will detail in brief, incident of injury / ejection / refusal / drug misuse / seizure /age challenge. Such matters shall be timed, dated and signed by the author and produced to Police/Authorised Licensing Officers and demand.

3. Signage will be clearly displayed prominently at all points of access, point of sale of alcohol and toilet areas in relation to Admission Policy, Age Policy, Drug Policy and Dress Code.

4. There will be adequate notices displayed on the premise indicating that the sale of alcohol to those under the age of 18 is illegal and that those adults who buy alcohol for immediate disposal to those under the age of 18 are committing an offence.

Mr Wake stated that the premise had considerable running costs and needs to generate income in order to be a viable community facility. The Management Committee had been holding events where alcohol was supplied under the provisions of Temporary Event Notices (TEN'S). The requirements for TEN's had led to further costs and administration by the Management Committee and therefore the decision had been taken to apply to vary the premises licence so that alcohol could be supplied without the need to apply for TEN's. Mr Wake stated that the Management Committee had no intention of increasing the number of events already been held on the premise and wished to assure local residents that the premise would not be used regularly for the supply of alcohol. Mr Wake stated that the Management Committee were agreeable to a condition been placed on the licence restricting the number of events to 12 per year where alcohol would be supplied under the premises licence. Mr Wake stated that this meant that there would be no more events than could currently be held under the TEN's provisions.

It was noted that the Police had withdrawn their representation as the applicant had agreed to amend their application agreeing to the conditions as requested by Cleveland Police.

Members noted that eight representations had been received from person living within the vicinity of the premises. Three of those persons were in attendance at the meeting and were given the opportunity to ask questions and address Members.

The three objectors who were in attendance stated that they had no objection if the supply of alcohol was limited to 12 occasions per year under the premises licence.

The objectors were advised that many of the issues raised in the representations were not within the remit of the application as Members had to consider solely the amendment to the plan and the variation for the supply of alcohol. It was noted that many of the representations raised issues which could potentially be relevant should residents wish to make an application for a review of the premises licence. It was also noted that some of the issues raised by residents in their representations had not been brought to the attention of the Management Committee of the premises.

Members noted that the application before them was to vary the licence to allow the supply of alcohol for the following hours:-

• Monday to Sunday: from 18:00 to 23:00 hours with the premises been closed 30 minutes after the terminal hour.

After giving consideration to all of the evidence and representations made both in writing and orally Members were satisfied that conditions could be attached to the licence which addressed the concerns expressed by objectors in relation to the application.

It was clarified that as the application was considered towards the end of March that the premises could have a further nine events this calendar year i.e. pro rata for the 12 events per calendar year.

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