Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Regulatory Sub-Committee - Thursday 1 September 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Conference Chamber West, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

Contact: Helen Hardinge: Democratic Services Officer  Email:

No. Item


Election of Chair

To seek nominations for the election of Chair for this sub-committee meeting.


It was proposed, seconded and with the vote being unanimous




That Councillor Carol Bull be elected Chair for this sub-committee meeting.


Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.




Any member who is substituting for another member should so indicate, together with the name of the relevant absent member.


No substitutions were declared.



Declarations of interest

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary or local non pecuniary interest which they have in any item of business on the agenda, no later than when that item is reached and, when appropriate, to leave the meeting prior to discussion and voting on the item.


Members’ declarations of interest are recorded under the item to which the declaration relates.



Application for the Grant of a Variation to a Premises Licence - Haverhill Recreation Ground, Camps Road, Haverhill, CB9 8BE pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Report No: LSC/WS/22/008

Additional documents:


The Lawyer (Litigation/Licensing) welcomed all present to the Hearing, and introductions to all parties were made.  He also drew attention to the procedure for the conduct of the Hearing as attached to the agenda.


The following parties were present at the Hearing:


(a)    Applicant

Colin Poole, Town Clerk for Haverhill Town Council and the premises licensee for Haverhill Recreation Ground.


The Licensing Officer presented the report, which explained that an application to vary an existing premises licence (Appendix A) was received on 11 July 2022 for Haverhill Recreation Ground.  This variation was to extend the hours for the licensable activities on the existing licence for a total of three event days per year and to add “alcohol on sales” for these three event days.  The current premises licence (Appendix B) authorised 20 events per year on the recreation ground, and the variation was to have 17 events as per the current premises licence, and just three event days with the extended hours and alcohol element. 


The licensable activities being proposed under the current licence was to extend the hours of licensable activities on a Friday to Sunday (which currently ended at 18:00) for a maximum of three events per annum being:


-      Alcohol On Sales

Friday 18:00 – 22:00

Saturday 12:00 – 22:00

Sunday 12:00 – 18:30


-      Performance and Dance

Friday and Saturday 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 18:00 – 18:30


-      Live Music

Friday and Saturday 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 18:00 – 18:30


-      Similar Entertainment

Friday and Saturday 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 18:00 – 18:30


-      Performance Play

Friday and Saturday 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 18:00 – 18:30


-      Recorded Music

Friday and Saturday 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 18:00 – 18:30


The application had been served on all Responsible Authorities.  Comments had been received from West Suffolk Council’s Private Sector Housing and Environmental Health Team.  The authority had raised concerns around sound disturbance and requested additional conditions be added to the Operating Scheduled in order to conform to the positive promotion of the four Licensing objectives.  The applicant had consented in writing to the additional conditions (attached at Appendix C), and these would therefore be automatically applied to the licence, if granted.


A total of two valid representations had been received from “other persons” within the statutory time frame objecting to the application and the details of these representations were attached at Appendix D.


The Sub-Committee was therefore asked to determine the application and in reaching a decision, Members were advised to consider the Licensing Act 2003, the Guidance on the Act and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.


The Sub-Committee then heard submissions from those parties present at the hearing.


In presenting his case the Applicant, Colin Poole explained that he had responded to representations received who had raised concerns about the sale of alcohol and the public protection order in place on the recreation ground.  He then explained the three-day family fun event had been moved from the Market Square in Haverhill to the recreation group  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.