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Appointment of Chair for this Meeting
In accordance with the terms of reference of the Licensing Committee, the council solicitor invited nominations for the appointment of Chair for the duration of the meeting. Councillor Webb proposed that Councillor Patmore should take the Chair, seconded by Councillor Sinden.
RESOLVED (unanimously): that Councillor Patmore be appointed as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies for absence
Declarations of Interest
Personal - trustee of His Place Church near the premises
- Appendix A LODGEISTICSPremises licence application Jan 2019 , item 67. PDF 460 KB
- Appendix B Map 20 robertson street , item 67. PDF 127 KB
- Appendix C Police Rep letter South Star 25052021 , item 67. PDF 223 KB
- Appendix D EH Licensing Memo - 20 Robertson St 26052021 , item 67. PDF 94 KB
We have listened carefully to all the submissions and we are bound to be directed by the promotion of the Licensing Objectives and Material Consideration of:
- Prevention of Crime and Disorder
- Public Safety
- Prevention of Public Nuisance
- Protection of
Children from Harm
On balance, the Sub-Committee accepts the evidence provided in support of the application and has decided to grant the application.
In recognising the concerns raised about the specific issues under the Licensing Objectives, and having regard to its Licensing Policy and to the guidance issued by the Secretary of State the application is granted subject to the following conditions:
1. No noise generated on the premises from music, patrons or any mechanical equipment, shall emanate from the premises, nor vibration be transmitted through the structure of the premises, that may give rise to a nuisance at any noise sensitive premises from 11:00 until closing time.
2. The designated premises supervisor or a responsible member of staff shall monitor the impact of possible noise outbreak on neighbouring properties in both Robertson Passage and Robertson Street at the start of any entertainment and periodically throughout the entertainment and take action to reduce noise levels if they are found to be clearly heard at the nearest noise sensitive receptor. A log of the monitoring information should be kept available for the Local Authority to view on request.
3. To ensure that any deliveries or emptying of bottle bins only happens between 08:00 and 18:00 on Monday to Friday, 08:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays and not on a Sunday or Bank Holiday.
a) Digital CCTV and appropriate recording equipment to be installed in accordance with Home Office Guidelines relating to UK Police Requirements for Digital CCTV Systems (PSDB Publication Number 09/05), operated and maintained throughout the premises internally and externally to cover all public areas, including the entrance to the premises. The system shall be on and recording at all times the premises licence is in operation.
b) The CCTV cameras and recording equipment must be of sufficient quality to work in all lighting levels inside the premises at all times.
c) CCTV footage will be stored for a minimum of 31 days.
d) The management will give full and immediate cooperation and technical assistance to the Police in the event that CCTV footage is required for the prevention and detection of suspected or alleged crime.
e) The CCTV images will record and display dates and times, and these times will be checked regularly to ensure their accuracy.
f) Subject to GDPR guidance and legislation, the management of the premises will ensure that key staff are fully trained in the operation of the CCTV, and will be able to download selected footage onto a disk (or other electronic portable device acceptable to Sussex Police) for the police without difficulty or delay and without charge to Sussex Police.
g) Any breakdown or system failure will be notified to the police immediately and remedied as soon as is practicable.
h) In the ... view the full decision text for item 67.
We hMr Bryant, the Licensing Lead Officer gave a precis of his report to the Sub-Committee.
On the 6th May 2021 Hastings Borough Council received an application for a new premises licence for South Star, 20 Robertson Street, Hastings, made under section 17 the Licensing Act 2003. The premises is located within Area 2 (Hastings Town Ctr) of the Council’s Special Saturation Policy (Cumulative Impact).
As a result of the statutory consultation process a representation was received from Inspector Aidan Cornwall of Sussex Police, requesting a series of 5 conditions.
The applicant subsequently agreed to 4 of the requested conditions in relation to CCTV; staff training; Challenge 25 policy; and an incidents and refusals register. However, no agreement was reached in relation to a 1 hour reduction in operating hours.
An additional representation was received from Mr John Ballam, Environmental Health Officer, Hastings Borough Council, requesting a further 3 noise related conditions under the prevention of public nuisance.
Ms Rolfe, Sussex Police Licensing Officer, explained that upon review the application was found to be not strong enough to support a premises of this type. Therefore, the applicant was contacted and some agreement was reached, except for in relation to a reduction in operating hours. There was also concern that bar staff would be operating in a dual role as SIA (Security Industry Authority) door operatives.
Inspector Cornwall shared crime data from July 2017 to June 2020 for Castle Ward, where the premises is located. The data showed that individuals are 3 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Castle Ward than any other area in Hastings. The area recorded the highest level of knife crime in East Sussex, and approximately one third of all alcohol related crime in Hastings took place in Castle Ward during that period.
The applicant, Mr Mycock, confirmed that he had been in contact with Environmental Health and had agreed to the additional noise related conditions.
Mr Mycock told the Sub-Committee that he is looking to open a venue which had the facility to operate until 3am, to provide an outlet for people to listen to and play live music in the town centre. The intention is not to create a new nightclub venue and the premises would be an over 25’s only venue.
In addressing the issue of bar staff taking on a dual role Mr Mycock confirmed there would be separate bar staff and door operatives in operation. Although bar staff training would be supplemented with SIA training it is not proposed that they operate in a dual role.
Accepting that Castle Ward is an area that needs careful treatment Mr Mycock highlighted that there are already 3 premises in Robertson Street with late night licences and the addition of 1 well managed venue, with the requested conditions, would not make a material impact on the crime statistics.
Mr Mycock said that the premises shouldn’t be put at a competitive disadvantage to neighbouring late night venues and an ... view the full minutes text for item 67.