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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

It was noted that Cllr Sheila Griffin was alternating for Cllr Ian George.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

3.

MINUTES

Minutes:

The minutes of 5 October 2009 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

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COOMBEHURST STUDIO, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON HILL, KINGSTON, KT2 7LB pdf icon PDF 50 KB

APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE UNDER LICENSING ACT 2003

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Minutes:

APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003

 

The application before the Sub-Committee sought to have regulated entertainment from 09:00 – 23:00, Monday to Sunday.

 

The following addressed the Sub-Committee:

 

Licensing Officer

Mr Peter Groves

 

For the Applicant

Mr Shamen Kapoor, Barrister

 

For the Objectors

Mr Ron Gibbons, Chair of Kingston Hill Place Resident’s Committee

 

Mr B Bowditch

 

Ms Anne Collard

 

 

The Licensing Officer, Mr Peter Groves, outlined the details of the application before the Sub-Committee. He also mentioned that the University had initially applied to licence the entire Kingston Hill site for regulated entertainment and alcohol; however, following dialogue with local residents, the application has changed to apply only to the Coombehurst Studio, as indicated on page A38 of the agenda. Mr Groves also pointed out that an education establishment such as the university could stage an entertainment event without the need of a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003; however, the audience would have to be restricted to family members or bona fide friends of the university’s students. The university is now applying for a premises licence in order to extend its audience beyond the above restriction.

 

Mr Groves re-iterated that the hours the university is currently applying for are 09:00 – 23:00, and that whilst this may appear to be a broad number of hours, this was just to award the university flexibility with their operational hours. He also advised the Sub Committee that they could restrict the hours the university was applying for, but there would be a problem policing this.

 

Cllr James White enquired if the current application was to include alcohol, to which Mr Groves advised that it did not. Cllr Mirza asked if the residents with representations had been advised of these changes in the application. Mr Groves advised that, due to time constraints, not all those with representations were advised of the changes in the application before the hearing, although the Residents’ Committee had been.

 

The Sub Committee next heard from the local residents with representations. They first heard from Mr Ron Gibbons, Chair of the Kingston Hill Residents’ Association. Mr Gibbons told the Sub Committee that the residents he represented lived directly opposite the university’s entrance gates. He also said that, through the Licensing Officer, they had attempted to negotiate conditions with the university. They had asked the university to soundproof the studio, and to give an undertaking to keep all entrances and exits shut during performances. Through such negotiations, the university had agreed with the second undertaking, but not the condition regarding soundproofing, which is why they still had representations. Mr Gibbons also spoke of the hours of the application, saying that not even the most prestigious West End theatres opened seven days a week. He added that he appreciated that the students worked hard during term time and deserved the time for recreation, but these hours appeared excessive. Cllr Mirza asked Mr Gibbons how far he would say the distance between the studio and the nearest  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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REG BAILEY BUILDING, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY, PENRHYN ROAD, KT1 2EF pdf icon PDF 49 KB

APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE UNDER LICENSING ACT 2003

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Minutes:

APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003

 

The application before the Sub-Committee sought to have regulated entertainment between 09:00 – 23:00, Monday to Sunday.

 

The following addressed the Sub-Committee:

 

Licensing Officer

Mr Peter Groves

 

For the Applicant

Mr Shamen Kapoor, Barrister

 

For the Objectors

David Ford, for First Church of Christ, Scientist, Kingston upon Thames

 

 

Mr Groves outlined the application, explaining that it was originally a church, and although it is on Penryhn Road, it backs on to a number of other premises. The university has applied for an entertainment licence from 09:00 to 23:00, which elicited a large number of representations. There has been dialogue between the university and the local residents, including a meeting on 13 October 2009 where residents voiced their concerns and the university responded. As a result of that meeting, they agreed to set up a talking shop and have regular dialogue with each other. Further to the meeting, the residents proposed four conditions they wished the university to adopt to their licence, namely:

1.      The premises are not to be hired out for commercial gain;

2.      A senior member of staff will be present during regulated entertainment;

3.      Except for access and egress, all external doors and windows must be kept closed whilst regulated entertainment takes place;

4.      External checks shall take place to ensure that when regulated entertainment is in progress any noise from the premises does not cause a detriment to public amenity. The checks should take place within 30 minutes of the commencement of the event. Appropriate steps to reduce the noise shall be taken if this is not the case.

Mr Groves advised that in an email from the applicant to himself and Ms Shanmugaguru of Riverside Residents’ Association dated 15 October 2009, the university confirmed their acceptance of the first three conditions, subject to some re-wording, but not the fourth. The email also detailed the reasons why the university did not accept the fourth condition.

 

The meeting was adjourned while the Committee Secretary made copies of the email and distributed them to the Sub Committee.

 

The meeting reconvened.

 

Mr Groves continued that Ms Shanmugaguru had initially withdrawn her representation on the understanding that the university had agreed to all four conditions. He tabled a copy of an email from Ms Shanmugaguru sent earlier that day expressing her disappointment and regret that she had not received the email dated 15 October, as residents had been working on the assumption that the university had accepted all four conditions; they were not aware that the university had not accepted the forth condition. Mr Groves also advised the Sub Committee that Mr Catlin had withdrawn his representation but had not offered an explanation why, and the property issues raised by Mr Ford were outside the remit of the Licensing Act.

 

Cllr Mirza then asked David Ford of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Kingston, to address the Sub Committee. Mr Ford started by re-affirming the Church’s support to the Resident’s Association.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.