Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Offices, Coalville
Contact: Democratic Services Licensing Enforcement Officer (01530 454596)
Election of Chairman
It was moved by Councillor D Everitt, seconded by Councillor M Specht and
Councillor A C Saffell take the chair for the remainder of the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence received.
Declaration of Interests
Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring disclosable interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is pecuniary or non-pecuniary.
No interests were declared.
Premises: The White Hart Inn, Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1AP
To determine a review of a premises licence in respect of the above.
The following documents are attached: -
a) Report of the Licensing Enforcement Officer
At the beginning of the hearing, the authority shall explain to the parties the procedure it is proposed to follow. The Hearing shall take the form of a discussion led by the authority and cross-examination shall not be permitted unless it is required to consider any representations.
The Chairman introduced the parties and outlined the procedure to be followed.
The Hearing Regulations 2005 stated that the Authority must allow parties an equal period of time in which to present their evidence. It was agreed that the maximum time limit for each presentation be ten minutes.
The Licensing Team Leader presented the report to members, referring to the summary review which had taken place and the interim measures which had been agreed. He highlighted that no representations had been received during the consultation period and that some agreements had been reached between Marston’s and the Police as circulated by the Legal Advisor.
Mr N Rixon presented the case on behalf of the applicant. He explained that initially the summary review had been requested as a result of 3 occasions of disorder at the premises and the interim steps had been put in place purely based on what was happening during the football matches. He reported that since the interim steps had been applied, there had been a further 4 games involving England and there had been no further incidents of disorder associated with the premises. He advised that according to the reports of officers, following the implementation of the interim steps, the White Hart was one of the best run pubs in Ashby and the staff were professional, had acted with due diligence and had taken on board everything the Sub-Committee had enforced. He outlined his experience with the differing levels of anti-social behaviour with each football match. He referred to the discussions undertaken with Marston’s and the proposed conditions which had been agreed and circulated.
Councillor M Specht stated that he was pleased to hear that the interim steps had worked. He sought confirmation that the police were happy with the content of the appendix which had been circulated; they confirmed that this was the case.
Councillor D Everitt referred to the problems which had previously occurred with people travelling from outside of the area and he asked if this had been an issue following the implementation of the interim steps. Sgt I Weston advised that the officers on the scene had reported that people were still travelling from outside of the area, however they had commented on the robustness of the search and admission policy implemented by the White Hart.
Ms M Hazlewood presented the case on behalf of the respondent. She stated that Marston’s took this issue very seriously and were pleased that no representations had been received during the consultation period. She reported that the four subsequent matches had operated with no issues and with a lower occupancy. She acknowledged that there had been deficiencies in the operation during the first matches, however the DPS and the area manager had been through a steep learning curve throughout this process, and she believed that the proposed conditions were robust, could be implemented whenever England played key matches and could be taken forward by whoever was running the premises. She outlined the proposed conditions which had ... view the full minutes text for item 4.