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Local Code of Conduct - Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
In accordance with the local Code of Conduct, a councillor is required to disclose at the meeting any disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) that they may have in respect of any matter for consideration on this agenda. Any councillor with a DPI must not participate in any discussion or vote regarding that matter and that they must also withdraw from the meeting immediately before consideration of the matter.
If that DPI has not been registered, you must notify the Monitoring Officer of the details of the DPI within 28 days of the date of the meeting.
Councillors are further invited to disclose any non-pecuniary interest which may be relevant to any matter on this agenda, in the interests of transparency, and to confirm that it will not affect their objectivity in relation to that matter.
There were no declarations of interest.
In arriving at its decision, the Sub-Committee took into account the relevant representations submitted verbally and in writing. The Sub-Committee was also made aware that the following sections of the Licensing Policy were relevant:
· Section 4: (Fundamental Principles)
· Section 11: (Licensing Hours)
· Section 12.1: (Prevention of Crime & Disorder)
· Section 12.2: (Public Safety)
· Section 12.3: 12.3.1 – 12.3.6 (Prevention of Public Nuisance)
· Section 12.4: (Protection of Children from Harm)
· Section 17: (Licence Conditions)
The following sections of the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 were also relevant:
· Paragraph 1.16 – Licence conditions – general principles
· Paragraph 1.17 – Each application on its own merits
· Paragraphs 2.1-2.6 – Crime and Disorder
· Paragraphs 2.7-2 – 2.14 – Public Safety
· Paragraphs 2.15-2.21 – Public nuisance
· Paragraphs 2.22-2.32 – Protection of children from harm
· Paragraphs 9.31-9.41 – Hearings
· Paragraphs 9.42 – 9.44 – Determining actions that are appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives
· Paragraphs 10.1-10.66 – Conditions
The Sub-Committee received a report from the Licensing Officer, Mark Adams. The application was for a new premises licence for the provision of regulated entertainment, late night refreshment and supply of alcohol. The premises had been operating as a Private Members Club under a Club Certificate which had been in place since 2009. The conditions proposed accorded with the licensing objectives. No representations had been received from Responsible Authorities. Two representations had been received from other persons, both of whom were in attendance at the hearing. The Sub-Committee was reminded that it must consider the application for the grant of a premises licence on its merits. It may impose additional conditions on the licence, exclude licensable activities, refuse to specify a person as the premises supervisor or reject the application.
The Chairman invited the applicant, Mr Ranger, to make his submission in support of his application, who stated the following:
· Had been in the position of Chairman of the Compton Club for the last 10 months as the previous Chairman had resigned.
· Had previous experience with licensing and also received help with this application from a GBC employee.
· The Compton Club had been operating for a number of years. The Club however did not make much money and therefore needed to rent it out to make money from the bar to cover increasing heating and lighting costs.
The Sub-Committee asked how frequently the public area was rented out and was confirmed by Mr Ranger that TENs applications were regularly submitted for events taking place.
The Chairman invited the other persons to make their representations, in objection to the application. Mr Tasker made the following submissions:
· His backyard backed onto the side entrance of the Compton Club. He had experienced problems since 2013, in particular, in relation to noise from the car park and disco beats heard from the club when his children’s sleep gets regularly disturbed.
· A licensing officer had attended Compton Club in an attempt to resolve these issues.
· A notice had been erected on the ... view the full minutes text for item 2.