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Chairman for the Meeting
The Sub-Committee will elect its Chairman for the meeting.
It was moved by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Winfield and:-
RESOLVED - That Councillor Cossens be elected Chairman for the meeting.
Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.
There were no apologies for absence or substitutions.
To confirm and sign as correct records, the minutes of the meetings of the Committee, held on 24 May 2018 and 4 June 2018.
The minutes of the meetings of the Premises/Personal Licences Sub-Committees held on 24 May and 4 June 2018 were approved as correct records and signed by the Chairman.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Personal Interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.
There were none.
Questions on Notice pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 37
Subject to providing two working days’ notice, a Member of the Committee may ask the Chairman of the Committee a question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the Tendring District and which falls within the terms of reference of the Committee.
There were none.
The Sub-Committee is invited to consider an application for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of the above premises.
The Chairman (Councillor Cossens) welcomed everyone to the meeting, made introductory remarks and stated that he wished to give an equal amount of time to both the applicants and the objectors to make their cases. He proposed 20 minutes for each side.
There was then a short period of time where the list of objectors who wished to speak was compiled.
The Council’s Licensing Manager (Karen Townshend) then gave a verbal summary of the written report and advised that the Sub-Committee had before it, for its consideration, as set out in item A.1 of the Report of the Corporate Director (Operational Services), an application for the Grant of a Premises Licence at Dovercourt Skate Rink, Lower Marine Parade, Harwich.
Section 2.2 of the written report set out the original proposed opening hours for the premises which were:-
Saturdays to Thursdays 1100 to 1600 hours
Fridays 1100 to 2330 hours
Summer months and school holidays extend the opening hours everyday until 2300 hours.
The Licensing Manager reported that the proposed licensable activities applied for by the applicant were before Members in Sections 3.1 to 3.4 of the written report.
The applicant had stated the steps that they proposed to take to promote the statutory Licensing Objectives within the Operating Schedule and these were detailed in Sections 4.1 to 4.5 inclusive.
Members were further informed that 52 letters of representation/objection had been received in relation to this application.
It was reported that no Responsible Authorities had made representations on the application.
The Sub-Committee had before it for its information the relevant extracts from the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy in respect of planning considerations and the statutory ‘Prevention of Public Nuisance’ Licensing Objective.
Members also had before them for their assistance the relevant paragraphs from the Home Office’s Section 182 Guidance that accompanied the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the following –
(1) Prevention of Public Nuisance;
(2) Prevention of Crime and Disorder; and
(3) Planning and Building Control.
The Chairman asked if anyone had any questions that they would like to ask the Licensing Manager following her summary of the written report. There were no questions.
The Chairman then asked the Licensing Manager to reiterate the expert evidence on the effects of noise at the premises as Essex Police and TDC’s Environmental Health Section had not made any representations.
The Chairman then asked the Applicant to give a summary of his application.
The Applicant, Mr Christopher Scutt, then addressed the Sub-Committee and stated that he had been running the Dovercourt Skating Rink for the last three years. He had run approximately ten events utilising Temporary Event Notices, such as wrestling and films and had not had any complaints during that time. He felt that the business was not working as just a skating rink and therefore he was trying to diversify. He had no intention of trading everyday at the times applied for and would end any activities at 8.00 p.m. in the Winter months and by 11.00 ... view the full minutes text for item 15.