Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 16 September 2019 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

LS/7

Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Councillor Dave Khan be elected Chairman for the meeting.

LS/8

Apologies and Reconstitution of Membership

To receive apologies for absence, if any, and to report any arising changes to membership.

Minutes:

There were no apologies and there were no changes in the membership of the

Sub-Committee and, therefore, no reconstitution was necessary.

LS/9

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

LS/10

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.

LS/11

Introductions

The Chairman will make introductions and read out the procedure for the meeting.

Minutes:

The Chairman made introductions and read out the procedure for the meeting.

LS/12

Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence University of Cumbria - Ambleside Campus pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To consider an application for the Grant of a Premises Licence University of Cumbria - Ambleside Campus.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Officer presented a report which requested consideration of an application for a premises licence in respect of the University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus in light of representations which had been submitted by interested parties.

 

The Environmental Health Officer addressed the Sub-Committee and explained that he had been working with the University, following previous enforcement action, and informed the Sub-Committee Members that improvements had been noted and that there had been a reduction in the number of complaints received. He went on to outline details of the proposed noise management plan and informed Members that it had been recommended that the noise management plan be included in the site management plan, which was being considered by the Lake District National Park planning department and other interested parties.

 

Mr Chris Hodgson, a local resident and owner of a bed and breakfast, addressed the Sub-Committee.  He explained he was not objecting to the application and that he recognised the benefits of clear guidelines when controlling and managing the environment. He went on to raise concerns regarding that fact that there were currently insufficient staff resources on site to control and manage the environment. He highlighted details of the anti-social behaviour previously experienced and acknowledged that there had been a 12 month stable period. However, with the introduction of a new facility, he had further concerns. Mr Hodgson went on to outline his proposals which included a clear resource and site management plan which would ensure no sites were left without a management resource.

 

Ms Marjorie Waddecar, a local resident and secretary of Greenbank and Castlefield Resident’s Association, addressed the Sub-Committee. She informed Members that she was representing 158 households of properties adjacent to the university campus and that the neighbourhood was home to young families and older residents, all of whom were concerned regarding nuisance, noise, lighting and music. She stated that the residents were not objecting to the provision of the licence and that they would feel reassured if respect and consideration was shown to them and the premises was correctly and appropriately supervised.  Ms Waddecar went on to outline concerns regarding general supervision of students using the premises and the numbers of security staff currently employed by the university. She acknowledged that the university had worked hard to monitor and supervise activities in recent years and hoped that this would continue.

 

Ms Emma Bales and John Powell, the joint Applicants, addressed the Sub-Committee and responded to concerns raised by Mr Hodgson and Ms Waddecar during their address and responded to further questions. Mr Powell clarified that the licence application was for the whole of the campus and went on to outline the proposed opening hours and the management and security provision.

 

The Licensing Officer responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.

 

The joint Applicants responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.

 

In his closing statement Mr Chris Hodgson stated that concerns raised could be mitigated with a detailed resource and management plan to ensure that no areas would  ...  view the full minutes text for item LS/12