Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.
It was proposed and seconded by Councillors J Quinton and C Watson and
That Councillor Julie Cragg be appointed Chair of the meeting.
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS
To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
To receive the report of the Licensing Officer.
Introduction and Procedure
The purpose of the meeting was to consider an application for the grant of a Temporary Event Notice for TL29926 The Quarry, land at the end of Hempshill Brook, access from Northaw Road East, Cuffley, Hertfordshire, EN6 4QZ. The committee report contained a Temporary Event Notice for a Jungle Mayhem event with sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment on 16 September 2023, 10:00 – 23:00 for up to 499 people.
The Licence Hearing was a result of the Licensing Authority receiving formal written relevant objections from the Environmental Health Team (Appendix C in the report) and Hertfordshire Police (Appendix D in the report) to the Temporary Event Notice within the 3 working day consultation period. The representations against the notice had been submitted under the Licensing Act 2003 on the statutory grounds of:
• Prevention of crime and disorder (Hertfordshire Police)
• Public safety (Hertfordshire Police)
• The prevention of public nuisance (Environmental Health)
• The protection of children from harm (Hertfordshire Police).
The report of the Licensing Officer, the Temporary Event Notice application and supporting documents, along with written representations from the relevant authorities which had been previously circulated.
Report of the Licensing Officer
The Licensing Officer presented the report. The application was submitted by Mr Goutham Madhusoodhanan Menon for a Temporary Event Notice for a Jungle Mayhem event at TL29926 The Quarry, land at the end of Hempshill Brook, access from Northaw Road East, Cuffley, Hertfordshire, EN6 4QZ, with sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment on 16 September 2023, 10:00 – 23:00 for up to 499 people.
While the applicant had applied for the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment between 10.00 am and 11.00 pm, he had stated in the Temporary Event Notice application form that live music was planned between 08:00 – 23:00.
The event site was a 25 acre space which included two fields separated by a fence with woodland running on top of the site. The event was to be held on a small grassland park surrounded by woods and farmland. The applicant intended to use 70% of the area, mainly to set up the stage and for stalls. There would be a small dancing floor. Parking spaces were available in Colesdale Farm. The applicant had said heavy surrounding systems would not be used and that a sound engineer would further control the system to avoid affecting the surroundings.
The event was organised by Psyclowns Limited, a company created by a group of graduates from India. The name of the event was Jungle Mayhem. The applicant had stated their aim was to connect like-minded people through music and build a community with harmony, with the intention of promoting Indian art and culture. It was intended that the event would bring together people and communities who shared a mutual passion for live electronic music. It would showcase live DJ sets that would explore different music genres including experimental trance, Indian trance and techno. The set up would be minimalist with ... view the full minutes text for item 5.