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Election of Chair
To appoint a Chair for the meeting.
Councillor Chris Witts was appointed Chair for the meeting.
Introductions and Procedures
Chair to welcome those present and explain the procedures to be followed during the meeting.
The Chair welcomed those present and outlined the procedure to be followed. Councillors, Officers and other parties present introduced themselves.
Declarations of Interest
To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.
No declarations were made on this occasion.
To receive the report of the Head of Public Protection.
The Chair advised that a late representation from a local resident, M. Booth had been received and circulated to all parties. He had decided to allow the representation together with a revised plan of the premises submitted by the applicant.
The Senior Licensing and Markets Officer introduced the report which detailed an application by Wotton Hall Club Limited to vary the existing Premises Licence in respect of the Club at 138, Barnwood Road. The variations requested were laid out in Paragraph 3.4 of the Officer’s report.
He advised Members that the revised plan excluded the restaurant from the provision of late night refreshment for which a licence was required in order to serve hot food and drink after 23.00 hours.
He outlined the conditions proposed should the Sub-Committee be minded to grant the application. He noted that eight representations had been received from other persons. Environmental Protection had received one complaint on 9 July 2014 and recommended approval subject to conditions. The police had not objected to the application and had received three complaints detailed at Paragraph 4.6 of the report. The Licensing Team had received one telephone call on 14 July 2014 reporting noise and people urinating against the boundary fence.
There were no questions of the Officer from the applicant or other persons.
The Chair asked if other social clubs in the City had adopted these hours and the Officer advised that the hearing concerned the application before the Sub-Committee.
George Wakeley, Wotton Hall Club Chairman, advised that the Club had operated since 1932 and had held various functions providing a focal point for the area. The Club had experienced some difficult times financially and was just beginning to return a small profit. The Club needed to hold functions for viability, With regard to noise, Mr Wakeley stated that the Club had done all that had been asked of it and more. He advised that porches would be built around the fire doors to lessen the escape of noise. He believed that neighbours were not prepared to meet the Club half way and everything that had been requested by Environmental Protection had been done straight away.
Matthew Wise noted that the local Member of Parliament had advised residents to work with the Club but they were not responding or co-operating.
Mr Wakeley stated that no matter what the Club did, residents would not meet them halfway. Mr Wise stated that a solution was required.
Paula Hudson asked if the Club had a number of events in mind and Mr Wakeley advised that, if granted, the extended hours would be used as and when required but not every week.
Mr Wise noted that the present management had turned the Club around and had had to reinvent the operation.
Councillor Patel asked how many meetings had been held between the Club and local residents in the past two or three years. Mr Wakeley advised that twelve or so meetings had been held.
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