Venue: Bromley Civic Centre
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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING
Members appointed Councillor Bennett as the Chairman for the meeting.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Gabbert announced that she personally knew some members of the public who were sitting in the gallery. Several years ago Cllr Gabbert served as a school governor alongside one of the objectors speaking at the meeting, but had no contact with this person since.
Councillor Bennett announced that he recognised some members of the public who were sitting in the gallery and that he knew the person Councillor Grant was representing.
APPLICATION FOR A NEW PREMISES LICENCE AT LA SPORTS CLUB, ST DUNSTAN'S LANE, BECKENHAM BR3 3SS PDF 3 MB
The Applicant explained the history of the site and said the aim was to have a family run sport club. Money had been invested since the purchase to improve the facilities, but the pavilion required considerable work. The Lawnmower Shed was therefore provided as a coffee shop where families could meet and socialise. Following representations on this application, a planning application was submitted and awaiting validation.
In terms of the licensing objectives, the Applicant was acutely aware of the responsibility to protect children from harm and of preventing crime and disorder and had taken steps including installing CCTV. In terms of preventing public nuisance, there would be enforcement against anti-social parking and better communication with residents. For public safety, the pavilion was too dangerous to use, so the application was for the Lawnmower Shed. The pavilion was excluded from the application. The Applicant was familiar with problems with the lane and granting a licence would help to regulate the situation.
Questions to the Applicant
Councillor Tunnicliffe asked if the pavilion had been licensed and when it was last used. The Applicant did not know. In relation to the website referring to activities such as parties, the Applicant said the site was nothing to do with the club and a legacy of Andrew Birchenall.
Councillor Gabbert enquired about the capacity of the Lawnmower Shed and the Applicant said the outside seating area had 8 trestle tables with a combined capacity of 48. Refreshments would only be allowed within that area, so taking a pint to the pitch would not be permitted. The area was as shown in the photo on page 61 of the agenda. The plans for the pavilion were to restore it, but the club needed money to do so. That would come from the sports club as a whole and there was no breakdown of projected revenue between the Lawnmower Shed and other activities. It was, therefore, not possible to say how much money the Applicant was expecting to make from alcohol sales. Once the pavilion was up and running, the Lawnmower Shed would no longer be needed.
The Chairman asked about the website. The Applicant explained the history and the previous involvement of a former director. What was detailed on the website was not an operation that the Applicant was promoting. In terms of the apparent discrepancy between saying in the application the premises was a coffee shop for socialising and having matches with children, yet serving alcohol until 22:00, the Applicant explained there would be football in the evening, such as training, events and tournaments. The intention was to use the ground for evening football, so there would be longer hours. The primary purpose was a sports club, there would be no bingo or party nights. The Lawnmower Shed was currently not open after 15:00, except when there was a temporary events notice, such as last Friday when it closed at 19:00. Normally it would not open until 22:00.
Councillor Gabbert enquired how the temporary events ... view the full minutes text for item 3.