Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS
Contact: Cheryl Clark Democratic Services Officer
Announcement on procedural matters.
The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced Committee members and officers in attendance and asked the applicant Mr S Bowie on behalf of Honnington Farms and his representative Mr S Thomas (Stephen Thomas LAW) to introduce themselves.
There were also a number of individuals (designated “Other Persons”) who had made representations against the application and in accordance with the meeting procedures had accepted an invitation to the hearing and were in attendance to present their views in person. The Chairman confirmed the names of those intending to speak and a list of these is summarised as follows:
· Mr A Beeston
· Mr Jonathan Prout on behalf of Mr Simon Charlesworth and Mr & Mrs Dunbar
· Mr Nicholas Delahunty on behalf of himself and Sue Pemberton
· Mr Greg Dunbar on behalf of both himself and Mrs Dunbar
· Mr Dunnett
· Mr Tom Heilpern behalf of Dr Anya Heilpern
· Mr Des Joyner on behalf of Mr S Howard
· Mr James Newington
· Ms Helen Newman
· Mr Mark Pulsford on behalf of himself and Mr Bassam Yaseen
· Mr Mike Sanders
· Councillor Joe Simmons (Borough Councillor for Southborough North)
The Chairman then proceeded to outline further procedural matters of the meeting. As there was a fairly large number of attendees wishing to speak and potentially duplication of concerns, it was suggested that, in accordance with the guidance notes issued, the attendees might wish to nominate specific speakers on each key matter. This option, however, was not pursued.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence as reported.
No apologies were received.
Declarations of Interest:
To receive any declarations of interest by members in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer.
No declarations of interest were made by members at the meeting.
Mr Packham, the Licensing Officer summarised the facts, relevant representations and matters relevant to the local authority licensing policy statement and statutory guidance. This information had been provided in more detail within the agenda report.
Members of the sub-committee had the opportunity to ask any questions of clarification. Councillor Heasman ascertained that previous events at this location had been held without regulation under Temporary Events Notices.
Mr Thomas, representing the applicant explained the application and proposed conditions as set out in the agenda report. Members of the Sub-Committee asked questions and it was explained that notwithstanding the exclusion of the sale of alcohol at cinema events, matters of personal drinking and driving or carrying alcohol within a vehicle were not controlled by the Licensing Act.
Those Persons who had made relevant representations and who were in attendance at the meeting were called in turn and given the opportunity to ask any questions. Matters raised included further noise related questions in respect of live music, voices, traffic, types of activities, drinking, anti-social behaviour, numbers of attendees and vehicles, the number of events and start and finish times of events. It was clarified that no application had been made for live music and this was exempted from the licensing legislation anyway between the hours of 11am and 11pm. It was confirmed that fireworks were not a licensable activity but as a farmer himself the applicant understood the impact on livestock and undertook where possible to give due warning of any planned use. It was explained that the applicant had wished to allay the concerns of neighbours in respect of proposed events through making this application and through provision of clear regulation in accordance with the legislation and the agreed conditions. Explanations were also given of licensable and non-licensable events.
Those Persons who had made relevant representations or were speaking on behalf of others and were in attendance at the meeting were called in turn and were given the opportunity to present their submitted views in person. Concerns already raised during earlier questions were repeated. In particular issues included the noise and disturbance to be caused, the number of 24 events, the number of people and vehicles involved and the likely regularity impacting on local residents particularly during summer months. A reduced number of 12 events and 6 cinema screenings was proposed but declined by the applicant. Other issues raised related to the potential for traffic jams on the narrow lane, restricted access for emergency vehicles, and concerns over public safety due to the lack of lighting and public footway. Suggestions were made to require management of traffic flows via specified access and exit routes. Additionally duties under the Human Rights Act were indicated including rights to privacy and freedom and impact on wildlife and the AONB. Further suggestions were made to limit the hours, the number and regularity of events, and the amount of notice given to neighbours. Questions were raised about the provisions of licensing legislation and the consultation and communication ... view the full minutes text for item LSC11/18