Agenda and minutes
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Appointment of Chair for this Meeting
In accordance with the terms of reference of the Licensing Committee, the Chief Legal Officer invited nominations for the appointment of Chair for the duration of the meeting. Councillor Dowling moved that Councillor Street should take the Chair. This was seconded by Councillor Webb.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Councillor Street be appointed as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies for absence
Declarations of Interest
Notification of any Additional Urgent Items
- Enc. 1 for Review of existing premise licence. The Royal George PH. , item 5. PDF 5 MB
- Enc. 2 for Review of existing premise licence. The Royal George PH. , item 5. PDF 533 KB
- Enc. 3 for Review of existing premise licence. The Royal George PH. , item 5. PDF 452 KB
Members of the Committee, Officers and the applicant introduced themselves. Councillor Street set out the procedure that the Sub-Committee would adopt (in accordance with Standard Practice).
The Licensing Manager, Mr Brown, presented the report of the Assistant Director of Environment and Place in respect of an application made on 5 December 2017 for the review of an existing premises licence, under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003 by Mr Bryant, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Hastings Borough Council for The Royal George PH, 31-32 Station Road, Hastings.
The premises operates under the following trading hours:
· Sale of Alcohol. Monday to Thursday 10.00 – 00.00hrs, Friday – Saturday 10.00 – 01.00hrs and Sunday 11.00 – 23.30hrs.
· Recorded Music. Monday to Thursday 07.00 – 00.30hrs, Friday – Saturday 07.00 – 01.30hrs and Sunday 07.00 – 23.30hrs.
· Live Music / Dance / Plays / Films etc. Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 00.00hrs, Friday – Saturday 10.00 – 01.00hrs, Sunday 11.00 – 23.00hrs.
· Late Night Refreshment. Monday - Thursday 23.00 - 00.30hrs, Friday - Saturday 23.00 – 0.1.30hrs, Sunday 23.00 - 23.30hrs.
Mr Bryant, Senior Environmental Health Officer, who brought the review, made his submission on the grounds of the ‘Prevention of public nuisance’. His letter of objection was appended to the agenda under Appendix A of the report. He brought the application for the review of the Royal George Public House due to noise complaints; the lack of engagement from the Licence holder; the unsuitability of the building to hold live music and disco type events and the serving of a noise abatement notice. Mr Bryant sought the removal/amendment of some of the licensable activities and the addition of new licensable conditions.
The premises, he said, is a three-storey single glazed back street pub on the corner of Station Road and Devonshire Road. The front entrance of the premises opens onto Station Road. Directly adjacent is Haig House, Devonshire Road. The two buildings are separated by a small walkway, approximately 5m from the rear of the Royal George PH. The area is predominantly residential, the nearest other licensed premises is Flairz, in Havelock Road. The main source of complaints regarding disturbance from noise is from the residents of Haig House.
Previously known as Frank’s Front Room between 2012-2014, the premises had specific conditions to control and limit music, so that it was barely audible on the opposite side of Station Road up until 23:00hrs and inaudible by 23:00hrs each day.
The premises re-opened in July 2017 as The Royal George Public House. Mr Bryant said the first complaint was received on 5 August 2017 regarding loud music at the premises. A meeting was held between Mr Palmer, the Premises Licence Holder and officers from the Council’s Licensing and Environmental Health departments, to talk through issues. Mr Palmer was advised to keep the front doors leading onto Station Road closed when bands were going to perform; restore signage; monitor noise around the premises and log the details. A further complaint was made regarding loud ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Additional urgent items (if any)