Agenda and minutes
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
Resolved – That Councillor A Hodson be appointed Chair for this meeting.
MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Licensing Panel are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members of the Panel were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
No such declarations were made.
The Chair of the Licensing Panel announced that this meeting was being held virtually, was being webcast and a record would be retained.
The Director of Law and Governance reported upon an application that had been received from Lairds Sports Club ’93 for a Premises Licence in respect of Lairds Sports Club, St Peters Road, Rock Ferry.
It was reported that the premises previously held a Club Premises Certificate which had been surrendered as the Club had ceased trading in January 2017 and sold to developers and the application was being made for a different site. The hours applied for were set out within the report.
The applicant had submitted an operating schedule setting out how the business would be conducted/managed in accordance with the four licensing objectives. A copy of the full application was available. Members were advised that the proposals set out in the operating schedule may become conditions of the licence should the application be granted. It was reported that following discussions with Merseyside Police and Trading Standards, the applicant had agreed to include a number of conditions on the Premises Licence.
In respect of the application 20 representations had been received from local residents who were objecting to the application. The representations related to concerns of anti-social behaviour and public nuisance being caused to local residents should the application be granted.
Ten representations had also been received from interested parties who considered that the licensing objectives would not be undermined should the application be granted. Copies of all representations were available.
The applicant’s representative who was the Secretary of Lairds Sports Club attended the meeting by way of video conference.
Two local residents also attended the meeting by way of telephone call.
The Licensing Manager confirmed that all documentation had been sent and received.
The Licensing Manager outlined the report.
The applicant’s representative informed Members of the Licensing Panel that the Club had been established since 1955 and that there had previously been a social club operating from a location on the East side of St Peter’s Road, Rock Ferry, however, due to financial circumstances this land had been sold and the proceeds had been put into building a new Club on the football pitch site on the West side of St Peter’s Road. Members of the Licensing Panel were advised that in recent years there had been an increase in residential properties within the vicinity of the Club.
The applicant’s representative reported that the hours applied for were consistent with the previous licensing hours permitted for the old Club. He further reported that there had been no history of complaints connected to the use of the Club as a social venue. He acknowledged that parking had always been a problem in the area, particularly on match days and that other amenities in the road also caused issues related to parking. Members of the Licensing Panel were made aware that due to a planning restriction, the car park attached to the premises must be closed by ... view the full minutes text for item 14.