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

Date:
Thursday, 27th September, 2012
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 Michael Clark, Cllr Paul Kirton and Cllr Bill Woodhead.
Officers:
J Nertney (LD); S Mills, S Landles (DNS).
In Attendance:
Yarm School (represented by Ms Smith, Barrister), Ms Feeney, Solicitor, Mr Woodward, Deputy Headmaster, Mrs Brown, School Manager and Miss Daniels, Auditorium Manager.
Apologies for absence:
None
Item Description Decision
Public
LSC
10/12
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
RESOLVED that Councillor Kirton be appointed Chair for this meeting only.
LSC
11/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There no interests declared.
LSC
12/12
YARM SCHOOL, THE FRIARAGE, YARM - APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF A PREMISE LICENCE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 200
RESOLVED that the application be approved for the following hours:-

• The supply of alcohol on the premises - Sunday to Thursday 11:00 to 23:00 and Friday to Saturday 11:00 to 24:00

• Regulated Entertainment including Plays, Films, Indoor Sporting Events, Live Music, Recorded Music and Performance of Dance Sunday to Thursday 08:30 to 00:00 and Friday to Saturday 08:30 to 01:00 (with the premises been closed to the public 30 minutes after the terminal hour)

The document attached by the applicant at paragraph P of the application be attached to the licence by way of conditions.
10.00 am - 12 noon

Preamble

ItemPreamble
LSC
12/12
Members gave consideration to the report, the application and the representations which had been received.

Ms Smith on behalf of the applicant informed Members that the applicant was a responsible entity who acted in the best interests of the wider community.

Ms Smith stated that the representations which have been received from objectors included some irrelevant considerations such as planning matters. In Ms Smiths submission the objections did not address the licensing objectives.

Ms Smith 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. Ms Smith stated that the school was a good neighbour and when issues had been addressed that may be of course to local residents they had addressed them.

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

Ms Smith also invited Mr Woodward and Miss Daniels to address the Committee on behalf of the School. Members were informed that the intention was to utilise the auditorium and surrounding facilities for events such as the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and the London Gospel Choir. The primary purpose of the facilities was to provide education. It was not intended to have a traditional bar on the premise and the licence for the supply of alcohol would be to supply refreshments to guests as opposed to using a traditional bar. The School did act responsibly in managing visitors who come to the site. There was no intention to hire the facilities for private parties.

As none of the persons who had made a representation were in attendance Members had regard to their representations which were attached to the Committee report.

Each of the parties was given an opportunity to sum up with the applicant making the final submission.

Members noted that the application before them was for a premises licence to authorise the supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises between the following hours:-

• The supply of alcohol on the premises - Sunday to Thursday 11:00 to 23:00 and Friday to Saturday 11:00 to 24:00
• Regulated Entertainment including Plays, Films, Indoor Sporting Events, Live Music, Recorded Music and Performance of Dance Sunday to Thursday 08:30 to 00:00 and Friday to Saturday 08:30 to 01:00 (with the premises been closed to the public 30 minutes after the terminal hour)

Members noted that none of the 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 School 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. It was noted that the representations submitted by objectors did include some irrelevant considerations which the Committee was required to disregard. The Licensing Sub Committee was legally obliged to consider the application in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 and irrelevant issues could not form part of their decision making and had to be disregarded.

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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