Agenda and minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Act Sub-Committee - Monday, 14th April, 2014 6.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Eastbourne

Contact: Simon Russell on 01323 415021  E-mail:

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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.


Application for a Club Premises Certificate - Victoria Drive Bowls Club. pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Report of Senior Specialist Advisor.

Additional documents:


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 club premises certificate for Victoria Drive Bowls Club. The application had sought activities from 10:00 hours – 22:30 hours Monday to Sunday. This included the supply of alcohol on the premises only, the provision of recorded music (indoors only) and the hours that the club premises were open to guests.

Section 15 of the application, detailed in Appendix 1 showed steps taken by the applicant to promote the licensing objectives.

A representation had been received from members of the public and this was included at appendix 3. The representation 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.

Mr Roy Frost, applicant, addressed the Sub-Committee. He gave an overview of Victoria Drive Bowls Club which had been in existence since 1931. He advised that the Bowls Club held twelve events last year, applied under Temporary Event Notices (TENs) that included the sale of alcohol and no complaints had been received in relation to this. This was confirmed by the Senior Specialist Advisor. While this had worked well last year, continuing to apply for TENs would prove expensive for the club. Mr Frost stated that the licence applied for was necessary for the club to keep going and aimed to extend the attraction to touring bowls teams visiting the town by utilising the pavilion facility.

Mr Frost referenced the Drive Victoria Gardens car park. He advised the Sub-Committee that the car park was not the Club’s responsibility but instead the responsibility of the Drive Public House.

Mr Frost addressed the concerns raised by the representation in relation to the application. The representation had raised an issue with part of the application for the provision of recorded music inside the premises. He reassured the Sub-Committee that this would only be background music for social events and would not cause noise and disturbance to the surrounding area. Another part of the representation raised concerns about the car park being left unsecured and unsupervised in light of past anti-social behaviour. Mr Frost reiterated that this was not the responsibility of the Club although it was used by members of the public. He advised that the Bowls Club do clean up the car park twice a year in order to make it more appealing for visiting teams who chose to use it. Without this assistance from the Bowls Club, the condition of the car park would worsen.

The representation also stated that it had been left down to residents to contact the police or fire brigade when anti social behaviour had occurred in the area. Mr Frost advised that the Bowls Club had contacted the police on numerous occasions. All the issues with anti social behaviour and the car park related to the Drive Public House which had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.