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Contact: Maggie Jennings 03450 450 500
The Chairman will welcome those present and introduce herself; this will be followed by introductions by the remaining members of the Sub-Committee and the officers in attendance at the meeting.
A copy of the Licensing (2003 Act) Committee procedure is attached.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL
LICENSING (2003 ACT) SUB-COMMITTEE
Those present at the hearing:
Sub-Committee: Councillor Cicely Murfitt (Chairman)
Councillor Andrew Fraser
Councillor Deborah Roberts
SCDC Officers: Myles Bebbington, Licensing Officer
Maggie Jennings, Democratic Services Officer
David Lord, Senior Lawyer
Applicant: Frank Fender, Charles Wells Brewery
Michael O’Rouke, Designated Premises Supervisor, Admiral Vernon Public House
Representees: 2 local residents
Proposed Variation on the existing premises licence
That the rear of the premises known as Admiral Vernon Public House, 31 High Street, Over be used to create a beer garden behind the existing car park area as shown on the applicant’s revised plan produced at the hearing.
The Sub-Committee considered the application very carefully and had due regard to the Licensing Act 2003, the accompanying Guidance and Regulations and the SCDC Licensing Policy.
Two representations were received objecting to the application from local residents and one representation was received from one of this Council’s Environmental Health Officers. The objections related to the increase in noise nuisance from customers using the garden, particularly during the evening and into the night.
Mr Fender addressed the Sub-Committee and made the following statements:
· confirmation that the garden would be used by patrons to drink and eat only
· there was no application to vary the hours currently permitted which were traditional pub hours
· the existing outdoor area was very small and close to the car park and therefore not suitable for children
· since the present DPS took over in October 2012 there had been no reported complaints
· appropriate permission had been gained to remove the trees and shrubbery to extend the garden
· the existing pond would not feature in the beer garden and had been fenced off
· a fence from the rear of the public house will be erected so that the public have access to the garden without having to cross the car park
· there was no power to the garden
· picnic-style furniture was proposed for the garden. However, there would be no children’s play equipment
· no representations had been received from adjacent new properties
· time restrictions in the garden would be acceptable with an amendment to that proposed by the Council’s Environmental Health Officer, ie the beer garden to be closed between the hours of 10pm and 11am, together with notices to be displayed requesting that patrons leave the area quietly
· use of the area at the front of the premises as a sitting out area would be restricted
One representee addressed the Sub-Committee and made the following points:
· felt the opening hours were not as previously described as `traditional’
· he had lived in the village for ... view the full minutes text for item 3.