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8.

Declarations of Interest

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9.

Application No. 19/00144/LQN - The White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury pdf icon PDF 418 KB

Proposal:     Application for a New Premises Licence

Location:      The White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HW

Applicant:     Stella Coulthurst for The White Hart Inn (Hamstead Marshall) Limited

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTICE OF DECISION

 

The Licensing Sub-Committee of West Berkshire Council met on 2 April 2019 and resolved to approve Application 19/00144/LQN in respect of a new premises license at The White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall, RG20 0HW, subject to a number of conditions which are set out below.

 

In coming to their decision, the Sub-Committee had regard to the four licensing objectives, which are:

1          the prevention of crime and disorder;

2          public safety;

3          the prevention of public nuisance; and

4          the protection of children from harm.

 

They also considered the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 and West Berkshire Council’s Licensing Policy.

 

The Sub-Committee heard representations made by:

1          for the Applicant: Stella Coulthurst and John Trueman;

2          an Objector: Matthew Maggs;

3          for the Responsible Authority: Declan Smyth, Thames Valley Police;

4          Ward Member: Anthony Stansfeld;

5          a Supporter: John Handy (Chairman, Hampstead Marshall Parish Council);

the Licensing Sub-Committee also considered the representations of Mr and Mrs John Fraser who did not attend.

 

Decision

 

Having taken those representations into account, the Licensing Sub-Committee RESOLVED that Application 19/00144/LQN be granted subject to the conditions as in the operating schedule, any relevant mandatory conditions as prescribed by the Licensing Act 2003 or secondary legislation and the following amendments to the operating schedule:

 

Box J: Sale of Alcohol (on the premises)

 

Mon           11.00 – 23.00

Tue            11.00 – 23:30

Wed           11.00 – 23.00

Thu            11.00 – 23.00

Fri              11.00 – 00.00

Sat             11.00 – 00.00

Sun           11.00 – 23.00

 

Box J: Sale of Alcohol (off the premises)

 

Mon           11.00 – 23.30

Tue            11.00 – 00.00

Wed           11.00 – 23.30

Thu            11.00 – 23.30

Fri              11.00 – 00.30

Sat             11.00 – 00.30

Sun           11.00 – 23.30

 

Box L: Hours premises are open to the public

 

Mon           11.00 – 23.30

Tue            11.00 – 00.00

Wed           11.00 – 23.30

Thu            11.00 – 23.30

Fri              11.00 – 00.30

Sat             11.00 – 00.30

Sun           11.00 – 23.30

 

In addition the Licensing Sub-Committee imposed the following conditions:

1          The premises licence holder shall ensure the premises’ digitally recorded CCTV system cameras shall continually record whilst the premises are open to the public and recordings shall be kept for a minimum of 31 days with time and date stamping.  The entire licensable area shall be covered by the CCTV.  There shall be at least one camera positioned at each entry and exit point to monitor any external areas to the premises.  This includes any areas designated for tables and chairs and/or a designated smoking area.  Data recordings shall be made immediately available to an authorised officer of Thames Valley Police or West Berkshire Council together with facilities for viewing upon request.  Recorded images shall be of such quality as to be able to identify the recorded person in any light.  At least one member of staff on the premises at any time during operating hours shall be trained to access and download material from the CCTV system.

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Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report (Agenda Item 2(1)) concerning Licensing Application 19/00144/LQN in respect of a New Premise Licence for the White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall.

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Karen Court and Julia O’Brien (Licensing Officers, West Berkshire Council), Stella Coulthurst and John Trueman (Applicant), Councillor Anthony Stansfeld (Ward Member), C2107 Declan Smyth for Thames Valley Police (Responsible Authority), Matthew Maggs (objector) and John Handy, Chairman of Hamstead Marshall Parish Council (supporter) addressed the Sub-Committee on this application.

Karen Court, in addressing the Sub-Committee, raised the following points:

·           The application was for a new premises licence for the White Hart Inn.

·           The application had been received on 4 February 2019 and amended on 1 March 2019 following a meeting with licensing and environmental health officers. The amended proposal with reduced hours of operation was at page 37 of the pack.

·           Thames Valley Police had made representations on 28 February 2019 including proposed conditions. There had been discussions with the applicant which had lead to the removal of some proposed conditions.

·           Representations in respect of the application had been received from two members of the public and the parish council.

Councillor Quentin Webb queried why different hours for supply of alcohol and opening hours for ‘drinking up time’ had not been requested. Julia O’Brien advised that the applicant had decided that it was not necessary due to the nature of the pub.

Councillor Graham Bridgman sought clarification on the existing licence. Karen Court advised that the 2011 licence on page 59 of the agenda pack had been reinstated.

Councillor Bridgman sought to record that while Councillor Stansfeld was the Police and Crime Commissioner, he would be addressing the Committee in his capacity as the Ward Member. Councillor Stansfeld had also had a conversation with Mr Smyth the previous day in his capacity as the Ward Member.

Councillor Stansfeld, in addressing the Sub-Committee as Ward Member, raised the following points:

·           The Council’s policy was to support rural pubs. The White Hart Inn had been through a difficult time and he hoped the Council and the local community would support the business.

·           He supported the involvement of the police in licensing matters and suggested that any conditions should be sensitive to the rurality of the business and avoid conditions more suited to urban areas.

·           Environmental Health had received no complaints about noise at the site and licensing officers supported the application.

·           Any people who lived next door to a pub should expect some noise.

·           The application was supported by the ward members and the parish council.

Councillor Bridgman asked for a view on the parish council’s request to bring the opening hours on a Tuesday in line with other weekdays. Councillor Stansfeld advised that he was happy to support the parish council. He highlighted that in Norfolk an approach was being taking to allow rural pubs to be open until 2am.

Ms Coulthurst and Mr Trueman, in addressing the Sub-Committee, raised the following points:

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