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Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) by members as required under Section 31 of the Localism Act and of other interests under the Code of Conduct. (Please see note at end of agenda).
None were declared.
Report of Senior Specialist Advisor.
The Chairman introduced members and officers present and detailed the procedure to be followed at the meeting.
The Senior Specialist Advisor outlined the report regarding the application for a new premises licence for Seaside Recreation Ground. Section P of the application, detailed in Appendix 1 showed steps taken by the applicant to promote the licensing objectives.
Representations had been received from members of the public and these were included at appendix 3. The representations centred on the prevention of crime and disorder and the prevention of public nuisance (noise) licensing objectives. No representations had been received from responsible authorities. The Sub-Committee was advised that Mr Button had withdrawn his representation against the application following discussions with Councillor Wallis.
Two letters in support of the application had been submitted and these were included at Appendix 4. One representation had been received by the Licensing Authority outside of the statutory consultation timeframe and this was included at Appendix 5. The Sub-Committee was advised that this representation should be for information purposes only.
Councillor Wallis addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the application. He expressed his thanks to both Eastbourne Borough Council’s Events Team and the local residents whose views were vital during the process and had helped contribute to the application.
The Seaside area had received lottery grant funding of £100,000 per annum for 10 years and Councillor Wallis stressed the importance of investment in the town. The Sub-Committee was also advised that various new groups such as the Devonshire West Big Local Group and Friends of Seaside Rec had been formed looking at ways to improve and bring events to the area. Facebook pages had also been set up allowing residents to suggest ideas for the area.
Councillor Wallis made reference to the application, notably the absence of representations from any responsible authorities. He made reference to the various representations received from members of the public that offered a variety of views. He suggested that a compromise be sought to address the concerns raised.
Some of the representations focused on a potential car parking issue in the area. Councillor Wallis reassured the Sub-Committee that car-parking space would be taken into account for each event on a case by case basis. He also advised that the majority of events would be targeted at families with less emphasis on alcohol. This was referenced in Section N of the application. Councillor Wallis also advised that events would not run continuously and that the quantity of events would vary throughout the year.
Taking onboard the concerns raised by some residents, Councillor Wallis recommended that the supply of alcohol should cease at 21:00 hours and all events should cease at 22:00 hours to reassure residents that there would be no disturbance to the area, particularly in the evening. The Events Development Manager advised that he was happy with these suggested recommendations.
The Sub-Committee asked the Events Development Manager whether similar licences that the Council had granted restricted children from entering areas where alcohol was sold. The ... view the full minutes text for item 2.