Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Watford

Contact: Ian Smith/Alan Garside  Email:

No. Item


Committee membership/ election of a Chair


The start time of the hearing was slightly delayed to facilitate the arrival of Interested Parties.


The Democratic Services Officer confirmed that the Sub-Committee would comprise Councillors Grimston, Dychton and Smith


The Sub-Committee was asked to elect a Chair for the Hearing.




That Councillor Grimston be elected Chair for the Hearing.



Disclosure of interests (if any)


There were no disclosures of interest.



Application for a variation to the premises licence: Fullerians Rugby Football Club, Coningesby Drive, Watford pdf icon PDF 593 KB

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    Report of the Head of Community Protection.


    The report asks the Sub-Committee to consider an application for a variation to the premises licence following the receipt of representations.


    Additional documents:


    Preliminary matters


    There were no preliminary matters raised.


    Facts of the application


    The Sub-Committee received a report of the Head of Community Protection, outlining the application. 


    The Senior Licensing Officer introduced the report.  He advised that members were asked to consider an application by the Fullerians Rugby Football Club to vary the club premises certificate for their club house on Coningsbury Drive, Watford.  No new licensable activities were requested; the application only sought to vary the hours when the current permitted activities may be offered.  The application specified a terminal hour for licensable activities of 3.00 a.m. on New Year’s Day and specified the opening hours of the club (as detailed in paragraph 4.16 of the report).


    13 representations had been received against the application; all from local residents.  One of the representations had been submitted by the Cassiobury Residents’ Association.  Some of the representations concerned the current planning permission for the premises.  The Senior Licensing Officer reminded members that planning and licensing were different regimes. However, Government guidance stated that where planning hours were different to licensing hours, the applicant must observe the earlier closing time.  He emphasised that the application was under the licensing regime and had to be considered against the licensing objectives.


    No representations had been received from responsible authorities, although the initial application was amended following discussions with Environmental Health and Police, where a number of conditions were agreed.  These conditions were shown in the report and would be included on any varied club premises certificate. 


    As the representations had been accepted as valid, on the grounds of the licensing objectives, members were asked to consider these and attach such weight to them as they saw fit.


    The Senior Licensing Officer advised that there was no requirement for objectors or applicants to attend hearings and that matters could be determined in their absence.  However, this would limit the opportunity to ask questions of parties and to enable them to expand on their written statements.

    Mediation had not been pursued in this case due to the number of representations received and the unforeseen difficulties in arranging a mutually convenient date and time to meet. 


    The Senior Licensing Officer noted that parties had not provided evidence, in addition to that in the application or representations, for circulation prior to the hearing.  He concluded by advising members that having considered all the evidence and representations put before them, it was for the Sub-Committee to decide which of the actions available to them would be appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives.  They could either refuse the application outright, grant the application with modifications or grant the application as submitted; with the reasons for the decision given as part of the determination.


    There were no questions of the Senior Licensing Officer.




    Interested Parties


    Mr Paul Embleton was invited to address the Sub-Committee.  He advised that the Cassiobury Residents Association had received a record number of complaints about the application.  Some of these commented that when Environmental Health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


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