Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-committee
Friday 13th September 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Campus East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE. View directions

Contact: Gurdip Paddan 

No. Item



To appoint a Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.


Councillor B Fitzsimon was appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee.





Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) to consider an application for a Temporary Event Notice.

Additional documents:


8.1 Introductions and Procedures


The purpose of the meeting was to consider a Temporary Event notice for Mr A under the Licensing Act 2003.


The Chairman welcomed those present to the meeting and introduced the Members of the Sub-Committee and the Officers serving the Sub-Committee, explaining the hearings procedure which had been adopted by the Council, copies of which had previously been circulated.


The licence holder confirmed his identity to the Sub-Committee.


    8.2 Documentary Evidence


A copy of the Licensing Officer’s report and the Temporary Events Notice application; together with relevant documentation had been previously circulated.


8.3 Report of the Licensing Officer


The Licensing Officer presented his report which contained the application for a Temporary Events Notice (TEN) to permit the sale of alcohol to be extended until 03.00 hours on the Sunday morning of the weekend of 16/17 November 2019, for live/recorded music to be played in the premises, which included their garden.  The garden adjoins the neighbouring property. 


The Sub-Committee was obliged to determine the application in light of an objection from the Environmental Health Officer with a view to promoting the prevention of Public Nuisance Licensing Objective.  In making its decision, the Sub-Committee was also obliged to have regard to the National Guidance and the Councils own Licensing Policy.


Members were advised that a noise abatement notice had been served on the previous manager of the premises and a noise abatement had also been served on Mr A.  It was noted that a noise abatement notice was not time limited and if a breach of a notice was witnessed the Council would consider the most relevant sanction for that breach i.e. initiating prosecution proceedings and/or seizure of noise equipment.  The Licensing Officer clarified that the noise abatement notice was separate to and not superseded by any licensing legislation.


8.4 Licence Holder


The applicant, Mr A advised the Sub-Committee that he had recently taken over the business in January 2019.  Although there had been a number of complaints and incidents associated with noise, prior to him being responsible for the premises; it was noted that steps had been taken to maintain the approved level of noise.  He also advised that when he took over he was not aware of the existing noise abatement notice but a noise abatement notice has been served on him and he was aware of that notice.The Sub-Committee was informed that special equipment had been installed in the garden of the said premises which houses the temporary building; from which music had been noted to have exceeded the acceptable levels of sound.


The applicant explained the situation and advised that he has monitored the noise levels and no further complaints had been received.  He also confirmed that he would be submitting another six TENs to help his business.  These would be during November and December – run up to the seasonal events and New Year’s Eve.  The Sub-Committee was advised that without the sufficient TENs being granted he would not be able to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.