Agenda and draft minutes
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
To appoint a Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Councillor John Bowden be Chairman for both applications.
The Panel for the ATIK application was Councillors Bowden, Cannon and Hill.
The Panel for the Black Boys Inn was Councillors Bowden, Hill and Luxton.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor David Cannon. Councillor Sayonara Luxton substituted for the second, Black Boys Inn application.
To receive any declarations of interest.
For the ATIK Application:
Councillor John Bowden declared a personal interest as he had previously served on the Panel for an application for these premises. Councillor Bowden also declared that he lived approximately 200 yards from the premises and his third declaration was that he personally knew one of the objectors, he had previously spoken about general antisocial behaviour at the objector’s premises in Victoria Street in the past.
For the Black Boys Inn Application:
No declarations of interest were received.
To note the procedural details for the meeting.
To licence the Black Boys Inn Public House, Black Boys Inn and land to the rear of Black Boys Inn, Henley Road Hurley, Maidenhead, SL6 5NQ and surrounding land for pop up installation for outdoor events.
Councillor Bowden in his role as Chairman made an application for advice to Legal to adjourn the proceedings as there were a large number of objections and a large number of documents for the Panel to consider. The Chairman felt that the Panel’s ability to do this was impaired, over a Zoom meeting, both for the ability to conduct the meeting and also through the volume of documentation to read. This was solely in the public interest and also taking into consideration that the time allocated was not sufficient for all objectors to give their position. The Chairman suggested that the Panel be held face to face on a suitable date.
One of the public speakers, Jessica Ainley, asked to clarify that until a hearing was heard and a decision made, the club could not open. Craig Hawkings confirmed that there would be no licence for the club to open until the hearing and the subsequent decision. Craig Hawkings continued that if everything went to plan and the restrictions were lifted on 19 July, the club, or anyone, could apply for a temporary event notice for up to 499 persons to attend a venue. The premises licence would not be granted until the application was determined. The Legal representative confirmed this.
The Legal representative also gave advice to the Panel for the grounds for an adjournment which fell under Regulation 12 of the 2005 Regulations, the test where it was considered to be necessary for the consideration of any representations or notice made by a party. The Legal representative confirmed that the ability to deal with the quality of the representations in terms of making the decision.
The Applicants representative, Jonathan Smith, commented that the application had been timed correctly and lodged in good time for Freedom Day in July. They were under property contractual restrictions with the landlord that the applicant needed to try and satisfy if the licence was granted on a new lease. The concern was that all paperwork had been submitted in good time before today and discussions had taken place to whether the hearing would be held in person or virtually and it had been confirmed to us that it would be held in Zoom. The applicant was disappointed that it was being adjourned and would have been happy to have attended in person with all the clients, who had all congregated at the offices in Nottingham. The applicant asked when the hearing would be deferred to. The applicant requested that it be heard within seven days and then the decision be given on the day of the hearing. The Chairman advised that the logistics of organising another meeting would all have to be considered, including finding a Panel and the availability of Officers and the venue. The applicant commented that since the meeting had begun, it would have to be the same three councillors.
Councillor Cannon commented that getting the next meeting date within seven days was reasonable subject to all ... view the full minutes text for item 75.