The purpose of this report is to advise the Sub-Committee that a temporary event notice has been given to the licensing authority under the Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”). This temporary event notice is the subject of objection notices from the Police and the Council’s Pollution Team, therefore a hearing is required.
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The Licensing Sub-Committee considered the Objection Notices in respect of a Temporary Event Notice given by Mr Owen Baker for Thornton Heath Recreation Ground. The Sub-Committee, have made their decision with reference to the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, the Statutory s182 Guidance and the Council Licensing Policy.
The Sub-Committee also considered the verbal representations made at the virtual hearing by Mr Baker and the Objectors.
Reasons for the Sub-Committee’s decision
The Sub-Committee took into account the following reasons when making their decision:
a) Noise management (the premises is surrounded by residential dwellings and the council has received complaints about noise from events at this recreation ground in the past). Whilst Mr Baker told the Sub-Committee that he would monitor noise levels, not play amplified music and would stop the music at 7:30 to 8pm, the Sub-Committee was of the view that inadequate arrangements have been put in place for managing noise and that the absence of tangible and written proposals for managing and mitigating noise would undermine the Prevention of Public Nuisance licensing objective.
b) Entry policy, security and stewarding (including arrangements for ensuring that alcohol, weapons and drugs are not brought on to the premises). Whilst Mr Baker told the Committee during the hearing that he would provide security and 14 stewards, the Sub-Committee was not convinced based on the evidence presented that this and wider security planning will meet the licensing conditions relating to Public Safety and the Prevention of Crime and Disorder. The Sub-Committee felt that more detail was needed.
c) The provision of medical support/first aid (Mr Baker told the Sub-Committee that this would be provided by a local nurse and local people although the map of the event area submitted as part of the Temporary Event Notice does not contain a designated first aid area).
d) Child safeguarding and protection (the Sub-Committee was concerned about the potential for accidents). This was another area where more detail was needed if the Sub-Committee was to be satisfied that the event met the licensing objective around the protection of children from harm.
e) Crowd management (The Temporary Event Notice said that the event would be for up to 200 people at any one time but no information was provided on how crowds larger than this would be managed). Mr Baker told the Sub-Committee that the planned event is a family fun day but was unable to say how admission to the event would be controlled. The Sub-Committee noted that there was no arrangement for crowd dispersal assuming that the event did finish at 9pm as specified in the application rather than “till late” as specified on the event flyer.
f) The Sub-Committee is not convinced that satisfactory arrangements have been put in place for collecting rubbish and litter from the premises once the proposed event is over (Mr Baker told the Sub-Committee that local residents would do the cleaning up rather than use a professional waste collection service or trained litter-pickers to guarantee that the premises will be cleaned to a good standard).
g) No Event Risk Assessment seems to have been prepared.
5. The Sub-Committee acknowledges the community-spirited nature of Mr Baker and the desire to hold a family fun day to mark the coming out of Covid lockdown. The Sub-Committee also notes that Mr Baker has been organising events such as the one proposed here over the last 15 years. The Sub-Committee further noted that Mr Baker agreed to amend his proposal to prepare an Event Management and Operating Plan.
To conclude, the Sub-Committee has considered this case on its merits and finds that there is not enough evidence (from either the written or verbal representations) to show an understanding of upholding the Licensing Objectives. For example regarding preventing public nuisance to others, the local people may not want to attend the event or hear the music.
The Sub-Committee is of the view that the TEN does not sufficiently address the issues relating to the prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from harm and therefore the Sub-Committee DECIDED that the event would undermine the Licensing Objectives and should not take place. Therefore Mr Baker should be issued with a Counter Notice on the basis that the proposed Family Fun Day on 25 July does not promote the Licencing Objectives.