Venue: Council Chamber
To receive apologies for absence.
To receive Declaration of Interests from Members in respect of any matter on the Agenda.
The procedure the Licensing Panelwillfollowin considering the application is set outin the Licensing Act2003,its attendantRegulations and was agreed by the Licensing Committee on 2nd February2005. The Licensing Panel,in accordance with rule 14 of the Licensing Act2003 (Hearings)Regulations 2005 decide to exclude the public fromallorpartof the hearing where the Licensing Panelconsiders thatitis in the public interestto do so.
The Chairman highlighted the procedure the Licensing Panel would follow in considering the application as set out in the Licensing Act 2003, its attendant Regulations and as was agreed by the Licensing Committee on 2nd February 2005.
The Chairman advised the applicant that to assist the flow of the meeting they needed to select a spokesperson to speak and questions could be directed to the relevant person qualified to answer on behalf of the applicant.
Into The Wild Events Limited, Chiddinglye Farm, West Hoathly, RH19 4QS.
Introduction and outline of the report
Paul Thornton, Senior Licensing Officer introduced the application for Into the Wild Events Limited for the grant of a Premises Licence at Chiddinglye Farm, Selsfield Road, West Hoathly, RH19 4QS between 23August 2019 and 26 August 2019. He noted that representations against the grant have been made by a Responsible Authority and members of the public. Into the Wild is an outdoor camping, music and arts festival for the weekend of 23 – 26 August 2019. He highlighted that the applicants have stressed that their events are drug and alcohol free. The same event was held event last year and the premises licence is timed to that weekend only.
The Committee were advised that representations had been received from Mid Sussex District Council Environmental Protection Team and Mid Sussex District Council Licensing Authority. Sussex Police, Mid Sussex District Council Licensing Authority and Environmental Protection Team have requested conditions.
The Senior Licensing Officer highlighted the following points from last year’s event: the contaminated water supply, poor control of food outlets, alcohol being available outside the event from a third party, lack of confidence in the competence of the management team, the management team were evasive and failed to take appropriate actions. Representations were received from three local residents concerning public nuisance, the level of noise from the festival, defecation on and the blocking of the public footpath by tents and caravans. It was stressed that any matters concerning events at Patricks Barn were to be ignored as they are not related to this application. The required consultation has been held and the advertisement for the application was placed in the East Grinstead Courier.
He reminded the Committee that they must determine the application in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 (LA03), Mid Sussex District Council Licensing Policy and the Home Office Guidance issued under Section 182 Licensing Act 2003, whilst having due regard to the applicant’s submissions and relevant representations which were not vexatious. In considering the application the Committee could grant the licence, amend or add conditions, exclude from the scope of the licence any of the licensable activities to which the application relates or to reject the application. He confirmed that relevant representations must address the four licensing objectives of the Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Promotion of Public Safety, Prevention of Public Nuisance and the Prevention of Harm to children and young persons. Into the Wild must have a premises licence to lawfully hold the event, and could be fined an unlimited amount if the event was held without a licence. If the Committee rejected the application Into the Wild could appeal in the Magistrates Court.
There were no questions to the Senior Licensing Officer.
Submission by the Applicant
Mr Huw Williams, Director Into the Wild, confirmed that they had changed their original management team. Since last year’s event specialist consultants for health and safety, and food safety have been employed. A new company, Liquiline Limited have been contracted ... view the full minutes text for item LS.3