Agenda and draft minutes

Liquor Licensing Committee - Thursday, 30th July, 2020 10.00 am

New regulations came into effect on 4 April 2020 to allow Councils to hold meetings remotely via electronic means. As such, Council and Committee meetings will occur with appropriate Councillors participating via a remote video link. Public access to the meetings is via a live stream video through the Council’s official YouTube channel

Venue: Remote Video Link

Contact: Email: committees@midsussex.gov.uk 

Media

Items
No. Item

LS.1

Roll call and Virtual Meetings explanation.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced each member of the Panel to the participants. 

           

Franca Currall, Solicitor explained the virtual meeting procedure.  She advised that no decision will be given at the end of this meeting.  The decision will be made within 5 working days of the meeting. A letter will be sent to all the participants and any other parties who made written representations but did not attend the meeting. The letter will set out the Members decision with reasons for it and will also contain details of how to make an appeal against that decision.

 

The Senior Licensing Officer and Paralegal introduced themselves to the participants of the meeting.

LS.2

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

LS.3

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.

 

Minutes:

None.

 

The procedure the Licensing Panelwillfollow ,in 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 Solicitor confirmed that the deliberations of the Panel would be held in private.

 

LS.4

Application for a Variation to a Club Premises Licence. pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction and outline of the report:

Jon Bryant, Senior Licencing Officer introduced the report.  He noted the application made on behalf of St Francis Social and Sports Club and representations made against the application by Haywards Heath Town Council and Chalkhill Hospital. The Committee were asked to determine the application in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, MSDC 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.

 

He confirmed the location of the club within the grounds of the Princess Royal Hospital and when the club was founded.  He noted that the club premises certificate was detailed in the report and that the current certificate does not include the outside areas.   The plan of the club for the current Club Premises Certificate (CPC) does include outside areas; it does not allow for alcoholic drinks to be taken outside in an open container.

 

The application sought to include a patio area adjacent to the car park and a garden area to the side of the club premises.  The application included: measures to manage the new areas, noted that the outside areas would not be in use after 20:00, the staff training scheme and the use of the “Challenge 25 scheme, updated noise management plan, clear signage for patrons, the hours when children are permitted in the club and monitoring of the outside areas. The members were informed that representations had been received against the application from Chalkhill Hospital and Haywards Heath Town Council.  He highlighted appendix 7 the proposed conditions should the licence be permitted.

 

The Officer highlighted in the representations from Chalkhill Hospital that they provided hospital services for children aged 12 -17 years with emotional and mental issues; who they consider would be affected by increased noise levels and noted that the beer garden would be adjacent to their outside space.  The children need a calm and quiet outside space and noise from a drinking establishment may be inappropriate.  It was noted that from 6 pm onwards the children suffer more distress and self-harm and a quiet calm space is essential.  Some of the children have experienced trauma as their parents have issues with alcohol and the proposed beer garden may trigger unpleasant memories, some children have autism needing a quiet environment and some have eating disorders.  The Officer confirmed that the kitchen and dining room are closest to the proposed beer garden.

 

The representation from Haywards Heath Town Council expressed concern over the location of the beer garden adjacent to Chalkhill Hospital which is one of the leading units in the country specialising in the treatment of children.   The Councillors noted the outside area could be noisy and could have an adverse effect on the wellbeing of people with existing mental health challenges. With the beer garden being open till 20.00 it could also be detrimental to people living in the local community.  The Officer confirmed the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item LS.4