As the Applicant was not present, the
Sub-Committee agreed to adjourn the meeting for 10 minutes to
afford her additional time in the event that she had been
delayed. The Applicant did not
Following the adjournment the Chair made
introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed during the
Jo Till, Section Leader – Licensing,
outlined the report regarding an application for a Temporary Event
Notice (TEN), which had been circulated to all parties in advance
of the meeting. The matter had been
referred to the Sub-Committee following an objection received from
the Council’s Environmental Health on the grounds that they
were satisfied that allowing the premises to be used in accordance
with the notice would undermine the licensing
Despite several attempts,
officers had been unable to make contact with the Applicant, either
via the telephone or in person at the address provided. However, contact had been made with the Events
Manager of the premises who had informed the Section Leader –
Licensing that the event had been cancelled.
The Chair invited the
Environmental Health District Officer to make his representation on
behalf of the service. He stated that
the premises were owned by the Council but were run by a team of
trustees. The Events Manager had
recently vacated the role which had then been covered by two other
trustees. This had led to a number of
events being held for which TENs had
not been applied for, which had resulted in complaints from
residents of a nearby palliative care home. The complaints could be summarised as excessive
noise until around 5 am consisting of loud music, singing, shouting
and the closing of car doors. In
addition, the last event for which a TEN had been granted also
attracted similar complaints. Also of
concern was Police intelligence that indicated that some of the
events for which TENs had been granted
had been fabricated as cover for raves.
That the press and
the public be excluded.
The Sub-Committee considered
the evidence provided.
That the press and public be readmitted.
The Chair and the Legal
Executive announced the decision of the Sub-Committee.
That, having regard to the objections of the Environmental Health
Authority of the City of Wolverhampton Council and in accordance
with Section 105(3) of the Licensing Act 2003 (as amended), a
Counter Notice be issued to the Temporary Event Notice Applicant as
it is considered necessary for the promotion of the prevention of
public nuisance and the protection of children from harm licensing
objectives, the reasons being as follows:
The event would certainly be attended by family
members of all ages, including young children;
The time requested is excessive;
Previous events at this venue have caused
significant nuisance to residents nearby.