Contact: Will Stevenson
Apologies for Absence
There were apologies from the following objectors:
Emma & John Sanders
Declarations of Interests
There were no declarations of interest
The Partnerships, Community Safety and Licensing Manager presented the Council’s report to the Committee. The Applicant then informed the Committee that they have been involved in ongoing discussions with the licencing department regarding outdoor lighting on the premises.
It was confirmed that all present had read the evidence submitted by Objectors in the public document pack. A recent evidence submission sent by Margaret Jolley was then read aloud to the Committee. In it the Objector raised concerns regarding the installation of additional lighting, potential breaches of the existing licence via temporary events notices and over a nearby plot of land which is a shared right of way. The Applicant stated that the lighting in question had been on the premises for over 10 years and challenged claims that upcoming advertised events at the premises were being billed as “outdoor” events. The Applicant later claimed to have emails from the Police and Environmental Protection confirming there were no issues with noise limits.
When questioned about toilet arrangements for the premises the Applicant stated that the existing pub toilets would be adequate as the outdoor seating area would only be in use during periods in which indoor seating is not possible. The Applicant was questioned about closing time procedures. They responded that due to Covid-19 restrictions all customers were currently entering and leaving the premises via the front doors, where notices encouraged patrons to be respectful towards residents when leaving at night.
The Applicant clarified that glass bottle bins are never emptied after 8:00pm and that this had been witnessed by Craig Morris from Environmental Protection. The Applicant also assured the Committee that the Beer Bus raised by Objectors has been on site for the past 2 years and would only be used on hot summer days to relieve pressure from the main bar. On the use of food stalls, the Applicant stated that food stalls are only present in the car park on select days, no later than 9:00pm and that advertisements for these events always specify that there is currently no on-site parking.
The Panel deliberated in private with the solicitor. The decision of the Panel having regard to the evidence submitted was that the Premises Licence Variation Application be granted in entirety.
Each party has the right to appeal this decision within 21 days to the Magistrates Court.