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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
Councillor Butler was appointed Chairman.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members considered the application for a new premises licence for Crookham Street Social Club, The Street, Crookham Village, Fleet, GU51 5SJ having consideration of The Licensing Act 2003.
The Senior Licensing Officer summarised the background to the application contained in his report and the role of the Licensing Team and the request being made to the Licensing Sub Committee.
Members referenced complaints made in previous years and the noise levels identified from the equipment provided by the Council. The Senior Licensing Officer confirmed the outcome of any complaint and confirmed that this application and accompanying information has been reviewed by Environmental Health who have made no representations.
Mr Gunns, on behalf of the Crookham Street Social Club explained a new premises licence would enable them to widen their audience and encourage more people to become a member of the club. He advised this would be encouraged by running a two-price system at the bar.
Mr Gunns advised Environmental Health previously identified work needed to the building, and this had been completed.
Furthermore he explained the new application duplicates the current Licence in terms of opening hours and music being played, it is more of a cover to be able to accept new members.
Members received clarification from Mr Wake the existing premises licence did permit the Crookham Street Social Club to operate music within the same licensing hours as the new application being sought.
Members enquired if membership levels increase as desired would there be an application to revert back to a club premises licence? Mr Gunns advised it would be unlikely to revert, they would run alongside.
Representation was made opposing the licence application. Disturbances from music finishing after 11pm were cited as an ongoing issue, and it was felt this did not fit with village setting and was against Council licensing policy.
Members discussed the frequency of music being played; the lack of representation from the Environmental Health Department and other villagers regarding noise issues, and what specific differences it was felt the premises licence would provide against the existing licence.
The Chairman provided all parties with the opportunity to provide any further representation.
The Chairman adjourned and closed the meeting at 10.47