Agenda and minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Act Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 17th December, 2013 6.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Grove Road, BN21 4UG

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No. Item


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.


Councillor Shuttleworth and Councillor West both declared a personal interest in item 2 as each lived in relative proximity to the premises. They did not however consider that this fact was sufficient to qualify as a prejudicial interest and neither considered it would prejudice their judgement of the public interest.


Application for a Premises Licence - Tennis in the Park. pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report of Senior Specialist Advisor.

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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 premises licence for Tennis in the Park, Gildredge Park. Section M of the application showed steps taken by the applicant to promote the licensing objectives. The Sub-Committee was advised that the applicant also sought to sell Pimms on the premises in addition to wine, bottled beers and bottled cider.

Representations had been received from 3 members of the public, Mr Bloor, Ms Spiller and Ms Morris. 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.

Councillor Shuttleworth advised all parties present that Part D under Section M of the application showed additional details and conditions put in place by the applicant should the application be granted. This included the limitation of 10 ticketed events a year for the extended time for closure of the premises from 22:30 hours until 23:30 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mr Dove, Licensing Agent addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the applicant Active Children Ltd. He advised them that Mr Mackie, present at the meeting, would become the Designated Premises Supervisor should the premises licence be granted. He explained that the standard template for completing a premises licence application meant that the intention of the application could not be easily portrayed but hoped he could address any concerns raised by the interested parties.

Mr Mackie addressed the Sub-Committee and reassured all parties present that the premises would not be operated like a pub as the application may have suggested. He then gave the Sub-Committee a background to the premises. Mr Mackie had acquired the land in February 2010 and had been granted planning consent to illuminate the tennis courts therefore allowing them to be open for longer. This would coincide with the closure of the premises applied for in the application. He reiterated that the extended time for closure of the premises from 22:30 hours until 23:30 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday would only apply for no more than 10 occasions and be limited to pre-booked tickets only.

He stated that he had received no representations against the application formally or informally from any of the Responsible Authorities. He then gave an overview of the vision of the premises which included his company’s background and what he intended to do should the licence be granted. Mr Mackie was a resident of Old Town and also a member of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which organisation supported the licensing objective of protecting children from harm. As a trained tennis coach he had safeguarding children experience.

The area where the premises lay was a beautiful spot of Eastbourne and Mr Mackie wanted to reassure those interested parties objecting that the application would have no ill effect on the area or cause any harm. The company Active  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.