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The Chair will open the meeting and welcome all present.
The Chair opened the Hearing and introduced the Members of the Sub-Committee and Officers present. At the request of the Chair all other parties present gave a brief introduction.
To receive apologies for absence and the details of any Councillor nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member listed.
No apologies for absence were received.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider an application for a Premises Licence made by Halfords Support Centre, Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0DE.
The Sub-Committee was asked to consider an application for a Premises Licence in respect of Halfords Support Centre, Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0DE. The application having been submitted in order to apply for the following licensable activities:-
The application was subject to a Hearing in light of a representation received from a member of the public objecting to the grant of the premises licence based on the Prevention of Public Nuisance. The representation related primarily to:-
· An increase in noise with amplified music in the open, potentially playing from 09:00 a.m. until 01:00 a.m. over a period of up to two consecutive days, twelve times a year.
· Disturbance that would adversely affect quality of life.
The Technical Officer (Licensing), Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) introduced the report and, in doing so, informed the Sub-Committee that, as detailed in the report, no representations had been received from any of the Responsible Authorities.
At the invitation of the Chair, Ms Laura Mary Lucas, Event Manager, Halfords Support Centre and Designated Premises Supervisor, spoke in support of the application.
Ms Lucas informed the Sub-Committee that she had worked as the Event Manager for Halfords Support Centre for two years and had organised three events for Halfords current colleagues during that period. The events had consisted of two annual family fun days held outside on the landscaped grounds of the premises, with the performance of music from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and a World Cup event that was held inside the premises from
4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. No complaints had been received from residents in relation to the three events held.
Ms Lucas further explained the reason for the application. Halfords Support Centre was looking to host their Retail Manager’s Annual Conference in April 2016. This annual event was a celebration of achievements and was usually held off site. The Retail Manager’s invited to the event had not visited the Halfords Support Centre in Redditch, so it was seen as a good opportunity to hold the annual Retail Manager’s Conference at the Halfords Support Centre, in order to provide the managers with an opportunity to visit the site.
Ms Lucas continued and informed Members that during the Retail Manager’s Conference a sealed marquee would be erected on the landscaped area of the premises, as indicted on the map submitted with the application. The event would run from the morning with presentations taking place inside the premises during the afternoon. The event would continue into the evening within the sealed marquee situated on the landscaped grounds of the premises, ... view the full minutes text for item 12.