Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Monday, 15th October, 2012
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees. TS18 1AJ
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Eileen Johnson, Cllr Paul Kirton and Cllr Bill Woodhead.
Officers:
J Nertney (LD); P Edwards, C Snowden, S Landles (DNS).
In Attendance:
Mr Mulligan, Chairman of Norton and Stockton Ancients Football Club, Ten persons who had made representation were in attendance and comprised residents of Westmoreland Grove, Northumberland Grove and Countisbury Road.
Apologies for absence:
None.
Item Description Decision
Public
LSC
13/12
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
RESOLVED that Councillor Kirton be appointed Chair for this meeting only.
LSC
14/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no interests declared.
LSC
15/12
NORTON AND STOCKTON ANCIENTS FOOTBALL CLUB, STATION ROAD, NORTON - APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF A CLUB PREMISES CERTIFICATE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003
RESOLVED that the application be approved for the following hours:-

• The supply of alcohol on the Club Premises - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:30

• Regulated Entertainment including Live and Recorded Music - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:30

• The Club Premises will be open to guests for the following hours - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 09:30 to 18:30
10.00 am - 12 noon

Preamble

ItemPreamble
LSC
15/12
The Chair introduced all persons present and explained the procedure that would be followed. The Licensing Officer presented the report and the Members gave consideration to the report, the application and the representations which had been received.

Members were informed that since the application had been made the applicant agreed to amend his hours in line with the planning restriction that was in place and that the hours for Monday to Friday were now 18:00 to 21:30 and on Saturday and Sunday a terminal hour of 18.30.

The Chairman of Norton and Ancients Football Club confirmed that the application could be taken as amended in relation to the hours corresponding with the planning restriction which applied to the premise.

The Chairman of Norton and Ancients Football Club stated that the premise had already held a number of events under Temporary Event Notices which had not resulted in any formal complaints been received. The premise acted responsibly in managing visitors who come to the site. He stated that in his opinion the premise was a good neighbour and invited the local residents who had objected to the application to visit the premise in order to satisfy themselves that they would not be caused any nuisance by the activities proposed. The Chairman of Norton and Ancients Football Club advised local residents that if they had any concerns or issues over activities at the premise then if they were informed they would seek to address them.

It was intended that the licence would be utilised for planned events and it would not be somewhere where the general public can just walk in off the street.

The Environmental Health Unit Manager advised Members that they had initially submitted a representation but that they had now agreed conditions with the applicant which they believed addressed their concern. Environmental Health Unit Manager stated that they had not formally withdrawn their objection and were in attendance at the Committee to answer any questions that the parties or Members of the Committee may have.

Environmental Health Unit Manager confirmed that the following conditions would be attached to the licence, if granted by the Committee:-

1. Refuse such as bottles shall be disposed of from the premises at a time when it is not likely to cause a disturbance to residents in the vicinity of the premises.

2. Any regulated entertainment played within the premises shall be background music only and shall not cause a disturbance at the nearest residential premises. All music shall be played indoors only.

3. All external doors and windows shall be kept closed when regulated entertainment is being provided except in the event of an emergency.

4. The licence holder or his representative shall conduct periodic assessments of the noise coming from the premises when used for regulated entertainment and shall take steps to reduce the level of noise where it is likely to cause a disturbance to local residents. A written record shall be made of those assessments and shall include, the time and date of the checks, the person making them and the results including any remedial action. All records shall be retained for one year.

5. Use appropriate management controls to reduce the likelihood of customers causing noise disturbance to local residents when vacating the premises. This should include placing at all exits from the premises, in a place where they can be seen and easily read by the public, notices requiring customers to leave the premises and the area quietly. (Note, this may also include a reference to vehicles).

A number of persons who had submitted a representation were in attendance at the meeting and were given the opportunity to address Members.

Members noted that given the reduction in the hours sought the majority of the residents who were in attendance and who had submitted a representation now indicated that they felt the reduction in hours and the clarification provided by the applicant satisfied their concerns.

A resident of Countisbury Road, indicated that he did not welcome the concessions and remained strongly opposed to the application. He stated that he already suffered nuisance from loud music and cars and that he believed his house would be devalued if the application was granted. He confirmed that he had not previously reported his concerns to either the premise or any of the responsible authorities.

Members had regard to the representations which were attached to the report and noted that there were a number of representations included who may be unaware of the amendment to the application in relation to the hours.

Each of the parties were given an opportunity to ask questions and clarification was provided by The Chairman of Norton and Ancients Football Club on a number of issues.

Members noted that the application before them was for a club premises licence to authorise the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises and for regulated entertainment including live and recorded music between the following hours:-

• The supply of alcohol on the Club Premises - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:30

• Regulated Entertainment including Live and Recorded Music - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:30

• The Club Premises will be open to guests for the following hours - Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:30; and Saturday and Sunday 09:30 to 18:30

Members noted that although Environmental Health had initially made a representation they had since agreed conditions with the applicant which they believed would address the potential for public nuisance in relation to the application. In relation to the conditions which had been agreed the applicant had agreed that any regulated entertainment at the premise would be background music only. It was noted that none of the other responsible authorities had made a representation about the application. It was noted that the operating schedule included detail of how the premise would address the licensing objectives.

Members were satisfied from the submissions on behalf of the applicant that the premise was a responsible applicant who took their legal obligations seriously. Members had no evidence before them that demonstrated the licensing objectives would be undermined if the licence was issued. Some of the representations had expressed their fears but there was no evidence that residents had previously complained regarding activities taking place at the premise. It was noted that the majority of the persons in attendance at the Committee who had initially submitted a representation had now indicated they were much more comfortable with the application now that the hours had been amended by the applicant.

After giving consideration to all of the evidence and representations made both in writing and orally Members were satisfied that the licensing objectives would not be undermined and the application for the premises licence was approved.

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