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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

RESOLVED; That Councillor Cawthorne be appointed Chairman.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Application for Grant of a Premises Licence - RGS Flagmeadow Road and Playing Field pdf icon PDF 65 KB

          To consider and determine an application for grant of a premises licence in respect of: RGS Worcester - Flag Meadow Sports Pavilion & Playing Field, Flag Meadow Walk, Worcester.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was withdrawn on 22 March 2018.

4.

Application for Grant of a Premises Licence - RGS Worcester Upper Tything pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To consider and determine an application for grant of a premises licence in respect of: RGS Worcester - Upper Tything, Upper Tything, Worcester.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered and application for grant of a premises licence in respect of The Royal Grammar School (RGS) Worcester, Upper Tything, Worcester WR1 1HP.

 

At the start of the hearing, the Chairman made the following statement:-

 

“Presentations to this Sub-Committee are not given under oath. However, I would like to remind all parties that the highest standards are expected and any deviation from these high standards could possibly influence any decision of the Sub-Committee.”

 

All parties to the hearing introduced themselves. RGS was represented by Mr Ian Rogers, Director of Finance and Operations. The applicant was represented by Mr Corrigan Lockett, Lockett and Co., Licensing Consultants.  

 

Niall McMenamin, Senior Licensing Practitioner on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services, summarised the matter for consideration as set out in the agenda report.

 

Mr Lockett for the applicant made representations in support of the application. Currently RGS are using Temporary Event Notices (TENS) this was felt to be a less formal option than a Premises Licence.

 

Mr Lockett and Mr Rogers went on to answer questions from Sub-Committee Members.

 

Toby Hardman-Dodd, Environmental Health Officer, on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services,  identified his concerns:-

 

·         No controls have been identified in the prevention of Public Nuisance part of the application.

 

·         The all inclusive application included live/recorded music indoors and outdoors until midnight during the week and 0100 weekends was considered to present a high potential to cause a nuisance to local residents. Confirmation of some limits on what is actually intended may help alleviate these concerns.

 

·         A limit on the total number of events to be undertaken each year would also be useful to reassure local residents.

 

Mr Rogers assured Mr Hardman-Dodd that they would be willing to discuss a time limit and gave assurances that they had no intention to upset their neighbours.

 

The following legal advice was given to The Sub-Committee in the presence of all the parties prior to the Sub-Committee making a decision:-

 

·         That the Licensing Objectives must be the paramount consideration.

 

·         That the Sub-Committee may only have regard to the representations which promote the four licensing objectives.

 

·         The Sub-Committee must consider only those matters directly relevant to the premises under consideration and only those matters that fall under the licensing committee’s jurisdiction.

 

·         If having granted the premises licence and problems do occur then the licence can be brought back before a Sub-Committee to seek a review of the decision.

 

An appeal to the Magistrates’ Court against the Sub-Committee’s decision must be lodged within 21 days.

 

Ms Brown, Solicitor suggested that a short adjournment could take place parties to discuss a reduction in hours.

 

Following a short adjournment the meeting re-convened.

 

Having had regard to:

 

  • The licensing objectives set out on the Licensing Act 2003.
  • The Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.
  • The guidance issued under section 182 of the Act.
  • The Report presented by the Senior Technical Officer, Licensing, Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
  • The application and oral representations made at the Hearing by Mr Corrigan Lockett, Lockett and Co and Mr  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.