Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Priory House, Chicksands, Shefford

Contact: Celina Jagusz  0300 300 4034

No. Item


Licensing Sub-Committee Composition



Cllrs:   K M Collins

            T Nicols

            P Smith


Names of Parties in Attendance



Cllr K M Collins (Central Bedfordshire Council)

Cllr T Nicols (Central Bedfordshire Council)

Cllr P Smith (Central Bedfordshire Council


Ms R White – Lawyer (LGSS Law Ltd for Central Bedfordshire Council)

Ms N O’Donnell, Licensing Compliance Officer (Central Bedfordshire Council)


Mrs C Jagusz – Committee Services Officer

Mrs S Hobbs – Senior Committee Services Officer


Mr Du Feu – Speaker on behalf of the Objector

Mrs Du Feu – Observer



Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the hearing.




Cllr T Nicols was elected as Chairman for the hearing.






All attendees introduced themselves.



Members' Interests

To receive from Members any declarations of interest.





There were no declarations of interest.



Procedure for the Hearing of Applications under The Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To note the procedure for hearing applications under the Licensing Act 2003

(copy attached).





The procedure for the hearing of applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 was introduced by the Chairman and noted.



The Four Licensing Objectives pdf icon PDF 17 KB

To note the four Licensing Objectives (copy attached).




The four Licensing Objectives were noted.



Application for a Premises Licence at The Clophill Centre, Shefford Road, Clophill, Bedfordshire MK45 4BT pdf icon PDF 33 KB


To consider an objection by residents to the application for a Premises Licence for The Clophill Centre, Shefford Road, Clophill, Bedfordshire MK45 4BT.



Additional documents:



The Chairman noted that Mr Du Fue was speaking on behalf of the original objectors who were unable to attend the meeting.


It was also noted that the Applicant was not in attendance despite the Licensing Team contacting him and time being allowed for a possible late arrival.


The Licensing Compliance Officer advised that a premises licence had been submitted and had resulted in two representations, one from the Fire Service with regards to Public Safety and one from the Environmental Health Officer with regards to Prevention of Public Nuisance.  Both representations were withdrawn following receipt of a detailed plan from the applicant and conditions were applied to the application.  These conditions were agreed by the Applicant.


The conditions were as follows:-


·         A noise management plan to be submitted within one month of the granting of the licence and to be fully implemented at all times

·         The performance or playing outside of live or recorded music shall only take place between 1200 to 2300.

·         For the period Jan to Dec 2018 there shall be a maximum of 15 outside music/performance events and this shall decrease to 12 from Jan to Dec 2019.

·         The licence holder shall engage 2 security officers on site for the duration of outside events lasting more than 24 hours.  Each security officer shall be registered with the Security Industry Authority.

·         A written record shall be kept on the premises by the licence holder and this shall contain the details of every security guard employed on the premises.

·         Within 6 months of the granting of the licence, the licence holder shall undertake an accredited Award for Personal Licence Holders and obtain a personal licence.

·         The licence holder shall advise the Central Bedfordshire Safety Advisory Group with the details of any regulated entertainment of more than 24 hours duration (not less than 3 months in advance of the date of the event).


In response to questions, the Licensing Compliance Officer advised:


·         that security officers would be required for crowd control and ensuring the events finished on time.  It was noted that no alcohol would be served but the Applicant would apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) should an event take place that would include alcohol. 

·         a review of the licence would be called if the Applicant did not comply with the conditions.

·         that the Fire Service would advise as to capacity and that all premises licences refer to a 5000 capacity as a standard figure.


The Chairman invited Mr Du Feu to present the case of the objector.


Mr Du Fue advised the Sub-Committee that he was the objector’s neighbour and would be speaking on their behalf.   


Main points for comment:


·                     the information provided gave a misleading idea of the indoor noise levels and that each event came with a number of cars and campervans. 

·                     that festivals were being held.

·                     weekend events began mid-week with construction work erecting marquees and tents, campers and catering trucks setting up. The noise would also apply after the event with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.