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Election of chair of the sub-committee for this meeting
RESOLVED: That Councillor Adeniji be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for this meeting.
Apologies for absence/declaration of substitute members
There were no apologies for absence recorded.
Declarations of interest
Disclosure by councillors of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the councillor regards the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations of interest reported at the meeting.
The Chair of the Licensing Sub Committee welcomed all parties to the hearing. Those attending introduced themselves and the procedures for the hearing were read out to all parties.
Prior to the Committee considering the report in respect of the Premises License for Lewes Golf Club, the Legal Officer apologised to all parties concerned for any confusion over the distribution of the agenda, advising however that, as all parties were in attendance, the meeting could proceed.
The application related specifically to the proposals for the following licensable premises activities:
Sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises from 9am to 11pm Monday to Sunday.
The Licensing officer presented the report to the committee and summarised the report as follows:
· The Golf Club currently operated under the authorisation of a Club Premises Certificate, allowing the sale of alcohol to club members and guests, Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm and on Sundays 12 noon to 10.30pm.
· There were no records indicating when the Golf Club was initially issued with a Club Registration Certificate by Lewes Magistrates, however, records were available showing a ‘renewal’ of the original Club Registration Certificate issued by in February 2003 with conversion to a Club Premises Certificate issued by Lewes District Council in 2005.
· The Council had no record of any complaints against the premises and no representations against the issue of the Premises Licence applied for were received from any of the responsible authorities. However,
· A ‘temporary event notifications’ could be applied for outside of the authorisation of any Club Premises Certificate or Premises Licence. 13 letters and emails of objection were received from members of the public, and submitted on the grounds that the application would undermine the licensing objectives of public nuisance, crime and disorder, public safety and the protection of children from harm.
When considering the application, the following options were available to the sub-committee:
o To grant the licence in the same terms as it was applied for
o To grant the licence but modify the conditions
o To grant the licence, but modify the hours of licensable activity, or
o To refuse the licence.
Under Section 181, and Schedule 5 of the Act, there was a right of appeal to the Magistrates Court in respect of applications for new licences which was open to both the applicant and to any person who made relevant representation. The appeal application had to be made within 21 days of the written notification of the sub-committee’s decision.
The members of the Sub-Committee and all parties present confirmed that
they had no questions to ask the Licensing Officer regarding the Report.
Alan Burrows, representing the Lewes Golf Club, was invited to address the Sub Committee. Mr Gough highlighted the following points:
· The Club was not looking to increase its opening hours.
· The Club did not anticipate any increase in traffic
· The Club had installed CCTV to improve safety
· The Club felt the fear of increased vehicle traffic was not the reality and had ... view the full minutes text for item 9.