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To declare interests in any item on this agenda.
No declarations of interest were made by members of the Sub-Committee, pursuant to the Council’s Code of Conduct.
To note the adopted procedure for the conduct of business by the Sub-Committee.
The Sub-Committee noted and agreed the procedure for the conduct of business.
To consider the attached report.
The three Councillors that presided over this item were Councillors R Morgan (Chairman), I Hadley and P Stalker. The Chairman welcomed the participants and requested that they introduce themselves to the Sub-Committee.
In attendance on behalf of the application were T Braniff the applicant and club treasurer and T Griffin the club secretary.
The following objectors were also present: D Elster, J Waughman, R Waitt, S Witts, K Ashworth, S Ashworth, A Ellis, R Waitt and A Regueiro.
The Chairman introduced the Members and Officers present and outlined the procedure that would be followed for the determination of the application.
(a) Application before the Sub-Committee
The Licensing Team Manager, K Tuckey, introduced the application for a new premises licence for The Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton. She began by explaining the difference between a Club Licence and a Premises Licence. The Loughton Club already had a Club Licence and were asking for a Premises Licence so that they could have members of the public attend any music functions they may arrange without them having to become members of their club.
All responsible authorities had been notified. The application had been advertised at the premises and in the local newspaper. All residences and businesses within 150 meters radius of the premises were individually consulted.
The authority had received ten representations from local residents and responses had been received from Essex Police and from the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer, who had agreed conditions with the applicant.
(b) Presentation of the Applicant’s Case
Ms Braniff advised the meeting that they were looking for a licence to hold music functions, such as having tribute bands, that would allow them to open up to the public. They would also like to keep it as a local members club.
The club had installed a new management Committee as from last December, and were implementing some changes. They had not really changed anything on their licence application except for the ability to open up to members of the public when they held their music functions.
Mr Griffin added that they needed an upgrade to their building and thus needed revenue to finance an upgrade to their premises. The functions would mainly be held on Fridays and Saturdays. They would still carry on running it as a members club, but would also wish to advertise their band nights to the broader community. He noted that they did not really have young members at their club.
Ms Braniff had conversations with the Trustees of the building, who were supportive of this application.
(c) Questions for the Applicant from the Sub-Committee
The Sub-Committee asked how long the club had been going and how many members did they have. They were told that it had been going since 1910 and had just over 500 members.
The Sub-Committee asked how many people were they expecting to attend their Friday or Saturday night events. They were told they would expect about 80 people. In the past, as ... view the full minutes text for item 35.